Dr. Eric Mason is a self-controlled man who teaches how to get control over one's own life. Six months earlier, his wife died suddenly in an inexplicable car accident. Now his best friend, Dr. Charles Hunter, dies when Eric's two Doberman pinschers, Laurel and Hardy, suddenly tear him apart in Eric's kitchen while Eric is away. Lt. Columbo love dogs and needs to figure out what happened before Laurel and Hardy are put down and Dr. Mason gets away with murder.
Baldinotto da Pistoia / revised by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
One of the many movie posters on display in Dr. Mason's house is for the 1940s thriller, "The Suspect", starring Charles Laughton. This is significant, as the structure of "The Suspect" prefigures the formula for "Columbo", presenting us, not only with a killer whose identity is known from the outset, but also a seemingly mild-mannered and polite police detective who befriends the killer and knowingly uses him, rather than a police colleague, as a sounding-board for his various theories about the crime. It is the close relationship between killer and detective thus formed that leads to the resolution of the story. It is not known if William Link and Richard Levinson, creators of "Columbo", ever saw this film, but it was made by Universal, like "Columbo". See more
Maybe it wasn't well known in 1978, but chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Dr. Mason offering his dogs chocolate treats may be his way of deliberately trying to poison and kill them. This fact is either not understood or not pointed out. In that he afterward eats one of the treats himself says that he didn't lace them with anything stronger than chocolate. See more
Well, we'll be seeing more of each other, sir, until the investigation is settled.
Dr. Eric Mason
Lieutenant. It's not that I haven't been impressed by your company, but what is there to settle?
Well, it's that telephone again, sir. You see, whoever called Dr. Hunter musta heard those awful sounds in the kitchen, sir. Must have heard the dogs and a man dying. Dying and screaming, sir, and nobody called the police. We never got a report, sir. Not a single one - except for the young girl down here in the guest ...
This Old Man
Traditional English children's marching song
Whistled by Peter Falk See more