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The Columbo Phile: A Casebook Paperback – May 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Pr; First Edition edition (May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892969849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892969845
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Here is a book for fans of actor Peter Falk and lovers of his television series Columbo , now being revived as part of a TV mystery movie series. The show was high in ratings from 1968 to 1978. This book covers the beginnings of the show and relates inside details about the star and the producers. Further chapters give a synopsis of each show, the cast, and comments about the production. Final chapters list Columbo books and classic Columbo lines. This is a reasonably well-written book that gives much detail about a TV program that some consider a classic. Though not a necessary purchase for public libraries, those catering to TV and mystery fans may want to buy it.
- Rebecca Wondriska, Trinity Coll. Lib., Hartford, Ct.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I grew up a big fan of Columbo.
Thomas P Cosgrove DMD
I refer to the book many times when I watch Columbo episodes I've taped over the years.
Patrick Matthews
This is a fine book - I've read it cover-to-cover.
Philip E. Kramer

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Matthews on February 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
I refer to the book many times when I watch Columbo episodes I've taped over the years. I think it's a great book, but like others, I think it should either be updated, or a sequel book, possibly titled "The Columbo Phile - Just One More Thing" that just covers the newer cases and updates the statistics (such as how many times William Shatner has been a murderer on Columbo, which used to be 1 and now is 2). Maybe they could use color photos in it, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Linthicum on September 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
The indispensable guide to America's greatest television detective, "The Columbo Phile" is a must-have for any fan. It includes detailed episode summaries, behind-the-scenes production information, and interviews with many of the guest murders including Leonard Nimoy, Richard Kiley and Robert Conrad. The writers, creators, and directors are all heard from, and there are extensive quotes from Peter Falk himself that show just how much he cared about the character and the series.

The book details the original run of Columbo episodes, beginning with the made-for-TV movie "Prescription: Murder" and ending with "The Conspirators." Although the 1980's revival (beginning with "Columbo Goes to the Guillotine" and ending in the 2000's with "Columbo Likes the Nightlife") is mentioned, the book was published before any of the new episodes aired, so information on them is not included.

Whatever price you can find it at is well worth it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This fine book shows just the sort of attention to detail the great detective would appreciate. It is a work of love, and is a good read for any fan of Columbo. The only problem is that the book is a little out of date now - well over a dozen episodes have screened since the last one listed. A new edition is in order. Please, please, give us the REST of the story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas P Cosgrove DMD on August 15, 2013
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I grew up a big fan of Columbo. The show is still running in syndication and this book is a little treasure of information for each episode (excluding the few made in the early 90's since the book was published in the mid 80's). Going beyond IMDB, you get a small back story on each episode and main character from the perspective of those that actually wrote and directed them. Expensive but worth the money if you want a little something extra the internet cannot provide on this fantastic program
Thomas P Cosgrove DMD
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Like everyone else has said.......the perfect companion to THE BEST most entertaining mystery show ever on television...........the insights and anecdotes are enlightening, I only wish the book could be updated to include the 1988 and after TV movies which I'm watching now as well.........can not recommend the book enough, as well as Dawidziaks Kolchak series companion!
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I always like the Columbo TV shows and bought the DVDs as they became available. I did not know this book existed until I saw it on Amazon. I had to buy at a high price but it is worth it. This book deserves to be reprinted as there are many Columbo fans out there that would love it. It only deals with the original seven seasons of Columbo on NBC and was published at the time ABC was negotiating to revive Columbo on TV. Mr. Dawidziak did a great job of compiling the data from the records and interviews with cast members and guest stars. He gives the whole history of Columbo from play to TV and interviews with Levinson and Link. There is a list of all production people and complete cast list and synopsis of each episode along with some critique. A great deal of information and an enjoyable read.
I just wish he had done the same thing with the revived Columbo series.
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