Columbo (1971–2003)
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A photographer murders his wife and blames her death on a bungled kidnapping. But Lt. Columbo has an even sharper eye than the Pulitzer Prize winner.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Dick Van Dyke ... Paul Galesko
Don Gordon ... Alvin Deschler
Larry Storch ... Mr. Weekly
Antoinette Bower ... Frances Galesko
Joyce Van Patten ... Sister of Mercy
David Sheiner ... Ray
Michael Strong ... Sgt. Hoffman
JoAnna Cameron ... Lorna McGrath (as Joanna Cameron)
Vito Scotti ... Thomas Dolan
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Mrs. Moyland
Harvey Gold ... Harry Lewis
Bill Zuckert ... Capt. Sampson
Adrian Ricard Adrian Ricard ... DMV Clerk
Thom Carney Thom Carney ... Manager


Paul Galesko is a famous photographer married to Frances, a nagging woman and a grumbler. Paul is moreover in love with his assistant, Lorna, so he decides to stage a fatal abduction of his wife. Everything seems to go very well to Paul, and the police accept his version of the events, but Lt. Columbo has some doubt. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Release Date:

15 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Momentaufnahme für die Ewigkeit See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode Joyce Van Patten plays a nun who mistakes Lt. Columbo for a homeless person and tries to find him a new coat. She goes on in Season 6 to play the cold murderess, Ruth Lytton, in "Old Fashioned Murder". See more »


When Sgt. Hoffman hands the ransom note and photo to Columbo, he tells him to be careful as the labs boys haven't examined it yet. At which point Columbo handles them with his bare hands and even pushing his finger on the photo to point something out. See more »


Lt. Columbo: What is this, beef stew?
Thomas Dolan: That is the prevailing theory.
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Featured in Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) See more »

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Certainly not a negative reaction to this episode!
10 September 2005 | by The Welsh Raging BullSee all my reviews

If Jack Cassidy had starred in this 1974 Columbo story I might have regarded it as the best episode in the entire series; however, Dick Van Dyke does a very good job at portraying a hen-pecked photographer who develops a nastily effective plot to dispose of his wife and implicate a recently-released prisoner.

Virtually flawless in plot and script, Columbo is at his most irritatingly mischievous here as the clues start accumulating in a crisp, well thought-out and well-timed manner (the newspaper clippings which are presented later in the episode is priceless).

As with all vintage Columbo episodes there is wonderful comedy too: Columbo goes to quiz a driving instructor whose car has broken down and he has to give him a lift; the ensuing moments see the driving instructor condemning Columbo's wayward driving to the point of complete and utter intolerance...

The ending is very neat and unpredictable, and is underpinned with significant irony as Columbo's newly-discovered knowledge of photography comes in extremely handy!

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