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
The pool balls that Mason sets up to for Columbo to hit change between shots. First they are all solids and what appear to be two cue balls set up in a triangle shape. The scene cuts to Columbo for a few seconds, then back the Mason and the pool balls. Now there are a mix of solid and striped pool balls and the two cue balls are gone. See more
Miss Cochran - the dog trainer
If you wanna protect your wife, Lieutenant, why don't you just teach her karate? Good-bye.
References Boss of Hangtown Mesa
This Old Man
Traditional English children's marching song
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