Columbo (1971–2003)
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Try and Catch Me 

A mystery writer suspects her niece's husband of murdering her, and she exacts revenge by asphyxiating him in her house safe.


James Frawley


Gene Thompson (teleplay by), Paul Tuckahoe (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Ruth Gordon ... Abigail Mitchell
Mariette Hartley ... Veronica
G.D. Spradlin ... Martin Hammond
Charles Frank ... Edmund Galvin
Mary Jackson ... Annie
Jerome Guardino Jerome Guardino ... Sergeant Burke
Marie Silva-Alexander Marie Silva-Alexander ... Dance Instructor


An aging but successful and wealthy crime fiction writer blames the death of her niece on the girl's husband. One night she invites him up to the house to sign their wills before getting him to leave and return within a few minutes so she can spring a trap (locking him in her soundproof safe). Detective Columbo arrives and suspects the writer of murder but clues are few and far between. Written by Scott Dawson <>

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Release Date:

21 November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alter schützt vor Morden nicht See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The ship shown as Abigail Mitchell and Veronica prepare to depart on their cruise is the American President Lines vessel SS President Wilson. Sold to CY Tung's Orient Overseas Line in mid-1973, some four years before this episode aired, she was renamed Oriental Empress and given a brand-new livery. The fact that her much earlier American President Lines livery is seen in this episode indicates that this was actually stock footage. See more »


(at around 1 min) During Columbo and Abigail Mitchell's meeting at the dock, Columbo bends down to unhook Dog's leash while Dog is facing the ocean. When the shot changes, Dog is suddenly facing the opposite direction. See more »


Lt. Columbo: [Referring to an old chair] Can I sit in this?
Abigail Mitchell: Well, that's what it was made for 400 years ago.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


This Old Man
Traditional English children's marching song
[First two lines played by Peter Falk on piano. Later he whistles it.]
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My favorite Columbo ever! Ruth Gordon is a gem.
29 January 2003 | by MakenaSee all my reviews

Ruth Gordon is one of my favorite actresses, and this was one of the best Columbo episodes ever. The cat and mouse game she plays with Peter Falk, as essentially two detectives (one an author writing detective stories) try to outdo each other is intriguing. This one is worth adding to your tape library.

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