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 »


The fastidious driving examiner Mr. Weekly tells Columbo about a driving exam accident he had had "yesterday". This contradicts the DMV clerk's earlier statement that Mr. Weekly had come back to work that morning after having been out of town on previous days. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Well, look, I won't hold you up any longer. I want to apologize again if I caused any disturbance.
Paul Galesko: All right, Lieutenant.
Lt. Columbo: Ah, one more thing, sir. I almost forgot. One more thing that I wanted to check on. Uh, probably not important... um...
Lt. Columbo: [to Galesko's driver] Could you excuse us?
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Featured in Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) See more »

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First class murder mystery
29 December 1999 | by RosabelSee all my reviews

Dick Van Dyke plays a crafty murderer with a well thought out plan to kill his termagant wife. His affable surface appearance contrasts shockingly with the cool calmness with which he commits first one murder and then another one to make sure of his own safety. Along with the serious murder story, this episode has some of the funniest little interludes of all the Columbo movies. I particularly liked the one where Columbo goes to a Catholic soup kitchen for information, and is mistaken by a well-meaning nun for an especially pathetic derelict. Naturally, the first thing she wants to do is to fix him up with a decent raincoat! The conclusion of the movie is almost perfect, but in the final analysis it relies on tricking the murderer into making a slip, and this time it seems a little too pat to be believable. However, that is a minor flaw, and this movie on the whole is one of the best Columbo mysteries.

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