Columbo 1 Season 1972

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At tremendous expense to the city, Columbo excavates the area surrounding the newly poured foundation of a building to search for a corpse.

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1 hour 16 minutes
Original air date:
February 9, 1972

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Blueprint for Murder

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    1. Prescription: Murder A highly successful psychiatrist and the beautiful patient he is in love with kill his wife and have it appear to be a robbery that resulted in murder...but Police Lieutenant Columbo has his doubts.

    TV-NR 1h 40min February 20, 1968
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    2. Ransom for a Dead Man Lieutenant Columbo infiltrates Southern California society to solve a murder committed by a wealthy female lawyer.

    TV-NR 1h 36min March 7, 1971
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    3. Murder By the Book Columbo investigates the case of a mystery writer who has committed the proverbial perfect crime.

    1h 16min September 15, 1971
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    4. Death Lends a Hand Columbo investigates the case of an unfaithful wife who was murdered when she refused to be blackmailed.

    1h 16min October 6, 1971
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    5. Dead Weight An unstable witness, along with the absence of a body and murder weapon, complicate a case against an American war hero (guest star Eddie Albert).

    1h 16min October 27, 1971
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    6. Suitable for Framing An art critic's dreams of inheriting his uncle's wealth are shattered when he hears the details of the will.

    1h 16min November 17, 1971
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    7. Lady in Waiting A brother and sister struggle with each other for control of a family-owned corporation.

    1h 16min December 15, 1971
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    8. Short Fuse When an executive dies in a limousine explosion, the corporation's attorney becomes a suspect.

    1h 16min January 19, 1972
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    9. Blueprint for Murder At tremendous expense to the city, Columbo excavates the area surrounding the newly poured foundation of a building to search for a corpse.

    1h 16min February 9, 1972

Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Peter Falk
Supporting actors Janis Paige, Pamela Austin, John Fiedler, Forrest Tucker, Bettye Ackerman, John Finnegan, Nick Dennis, Robert Gibbons, Cliff Carnell, Jimmy Joyce
Season year 1972
Network NBC
Executive Producer Richard Levinson
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371 of 380 people found the following review helpful By Charles on August 30, 2004
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I have never been a huge fan of murder mysteries, niether book, TV or movie form. I figure them out too soon or in the cases where I don't, the resolution is a severe let down. I'm not an amateur genius detective or anything, I just have a good memory and tend to keep certain aspects of the mystery catalogued as I watch. Columbo, however, is a murder mystery show of a different animal. Quite frankly, no show of its type has been more original in presentation, format or style before or after its initial launch in the 60's.

The reason for this bold claim? Peter Falk and the innovative idea to reveal the murderer at the start of the tale. The enjoyment, and I'm sure many of you have heard this time and time again, in watching a Columbo episode is; a. the interaction between Columbo and the suspect; b. the personal mannerisms of the Columbo character; c. following Columbo as he uncovers every facet of the crime committed and pieces them together and; d. the satisfaction of being in on the moment when the killer is exposed. Instead of being surprised like the killer is, you get the satisfaction of being a silent partner with Columbo as he brings the culprit to justice.

Few shows are based in total reality, and indeed, this show harkens back to a time when people weren't as savvy about every detail of crime solving as they are now what with constant airings of documentaries on A&E such as Cold Case Files and drama based modern shows like CSI on CBS. But what helps Columbo stand the test of time ultimately is the performance of Peter Falk in the role of Columbo and a sense of relief in not having to constantly try and figure out who the killer is throughout the episode.
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118 of 123 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on June 29, 2004
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Peter Falk's Columbo ranks as one of the greatest TV detective characters ever created. His ability to capture the kirky Los Angeles Lieutenant has captivated decades of viewers and is sure to also capture younger fans with this long-awaited DVD release.
Created by Richard Levinson and William Link, the series debuted in 1971 with "Murder by the Book," which was actually the third appearance of Falk's Columbo (there had been two previous two-hour NBC World Premiere Movies prior to the series launch.) Interestingly, "Murder by the Book" was directed by a then unknown talent: Steven Spielberg.
Columbo was unique in so many ways, the first was that the viewer learned the killer's identity in the first few minutes of every episode. Up until then, detective shows and mysteries had tried to keep the audience guessing "Who Done It?" until the very final scene. Levinson and Link turned that formula upside down, letting viewers in on the intracacies of the crime from the killer's viewpoint, their motivation, and what they did to cover their tracks to avoid discovery.
Often, Columbo was not even introduced until 20 minutes or more into the episodes (which ran a network 90 minutes with commercials instead of the usual 60 minutes for dramas.)
However, as soon as the audience caught a glimpse of the short, rumpled, cigar-smoking detective with the tan rain coat, they knew that they were watching something really special. Columbo feigned a scatter-brained approach, but it was soon obvious to viewers and the episode's killer that beneath his step-and-fetch-it manner lay the cooly brilliant mind of a master detective. And, it was the cat-and-mouse interplay and dialog between Columbo and the criminal that was at the heart of this brilliant series.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Steve on June 4, 2004
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It's great to see Lt. Columbo is finally going to make it on DVD! For those familiar with the cigar-smoking detective in the rumpled raincoat only through the specials produced in the 90s, the originial 1970s episodes show Columbo in his prime.
Most people are familiar with the Columbo formula: guest star plots murder; guest star kills victim (a series trademark - we know all along who the killer is); Columbo appears on scene; Columbo investigates - "Ahh, just one more thing, maam/sir"; just as it looks like guest star will get away with it, Columbo discovers piece of evidence that seals the case; Columbo nails guest star with evidence; guest star is led away to jail. A formula, yes, but a formula that worked incredibly well for over 40 episodes in its original run.
The first season contains two of my favorites: "Death Lends a Hand" - Robert Culp plays a private investigator who kills a client's wife, then is hired by the unknowing client to help Columbo with the investigation; and "Suitable for Framing" - an art critic murders his uncle in order to obtain two priceless paintings...this episode has one of the best endings in the series. For the possible exception of "Lady in Waiting", the other five episodes from the first season are also very strong.
And while details of the DVD haven't been released yet, I only hope this will also include the two rarely seen T.V. movies, "Prescription Murder" and "Ransom For a Dead Man", that introduced Lt. Columbo before it was decided to include the character in a rotation of Sunday night detective series on NBC.
These are a must for fans of detective dramas. Thanks, Universal, for finally releasing these!
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