Columbo - The Complete Sixth and Seventh Seasons
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Episode 38: FADE IN TO MURDER (Airdate: Oct/10/76). This is the segment with the one and only William Shatner as an actor who plays a popular TV detective that murders his blackmailing agent. The episode also features Walter Koenig who played Chekov on Star Trek. This one doesn't touch Leonard Nimoy's fabulous Columbo installment "A Stich in Crime," but works simply because of Shatner's undeniable star power.
Episode 39: AN OLD FASHIONED MURDER (Airdate: Nov/28/76). A bland female museum curator (Joyce Van Patten) hires a questionable guard to kill her brother so she can collect the insurance money; she then kills the guard and makes it look like a break-in gone awry. It's okay but definitely one of the lesser Columbo outings.
Episode 40: THE BYE-BYE SKY HIGH I.Q. MURDER CASE (Airdate: May/22/77). Two former college friends, now partners in an accounting firm, are members of an elite intellectual club. One is murdered after he threatens to squeal about the other's embezzling from the firm. Theodore Bikel and Samantha Eggar are on hand. This episode features the longest and most peculiar story title of any "Columbo" outing.
Episode 41: TRY AND CATCH ME (Airdate: Nov/21/77). Ruth Gordon plays a mystery writer who kills her nephew-in-law as revenge for murdering her niece. The beauteous Mariette Hartley is also on hand. I can't remember how this popular segment ends, but this is definitely one time where Columbo should have let the person go like Dirty Harry in "Sudden Impact."
Episode 42: MURDER UNDER GLASS (Airdate: Jan/30/78). A popular television food critic murders a restaurant owner via blowfish poison.Read more ›
recommend it. However, the episodes in this DVD set are a mixed bag as compared to the earlier seasons. Whereas at first, Columbo's persona is "modest and mildly eccentric", for some reason, it was decided to experiment with another version of him (starting with the poor "Last Salute to the Commodore" episode which ended season 5) and they made him "arrogant and goofy" in some of the episodes. When the series was revived in the 1980's, Peter Falk continued with the "arrogant and goofy" Columbo, so as far as I am concerned, the revival series is not "really Columbo". In spite of this, there are some fine episodes in seasons 6 and 7 where we see the old Columbo such as
"Fade Into Murder", where William Shatner (an uneven actor at best) puts in a fine performance as the TV star/murderer Lt. Lucerne/Ward Fowler. However, the best was saved for last, the final episode "The Conspirators" (this is where I got the title for my review) in which Clive Reville puts in a BRILLIANT performance as Joe Devlin who plays Irish terrorist who escaped to America where he became a celebrity writer and poet but where he also quietly raised money for IRA terrorist activities in Northern Ireland. The "Joe Devlin" character is based on a real-life alcoholic Irish writer name Brendan Beehan who as a youngster was involved with IRA activities. I am glad that the writers were not afraid to shy away from a controversial subject and they turned out a gem of an episode (watch out for the hilarious "duel of the limericks" in this episode). Well, "this far and no farther"!
Series 6 only had three episodes, but they are all terrific. In 'Fade In To Murder' Columbo is on the trail of a TV detective (William Shatner)who murdered his blackmailing producer. In 'Old-Fashioned Murder' a museum curator is willing to kill in order to prevent her brother from selling off her beloved collection of antiquities. And in 'The Bye-Bye Sky-High IQ Club Murder' it won't surprise anyone to find that Columbo is smarter than the average genius. In all three of these episodes Columbo establishes a close rapport with his murder suspect, the exchanges between him and William Shatner are particularly enjoyable.
My favourite episode in series 7 is 'Try and Catch Me' in which Ruth Gordon gives a superb performance as an crime writer who murders her niece's widower, who she believs was responsible for her niece's death. Another great episode is 'Murder Under Glass', in which Louise Jordan plays a ruthless restaurant critic who murders the chef he has been blackmailing when his victim threatens to expose him. I would advise you not to watch this particular episode if you happen to be hungry,or on a diet, because Columbo is tempted with delicious food in almost every scene, and it may prove too much for you.
However, whether you are hungry or not, this set should satisfy your appetite for watching Columbo solve another batch of cases in his unique and charming way.
pack,after this Columbo took a break and came back in the late
80's with that guillotine episode I think. Well, the highlights
from these two seasons are "Try and catch me" with the great
actress Ruth Gordon, "Murder under glass" with Louis Jordan,
this is one of my favorite episodes that involves Italian
Restaurants,exotic fish and a attempt to poison Lt Columbo. "How
to dial murder" features a very young Kim Cattrall in an episode
where a couple of trained dogs kill a family friend of a Doctor
that discover a past affair with his wife and the victim."The
Conspirators" is a classic and closes the seventh season, this
one features an Irish caracter that is involved in suppling guns
to the Irish war. I still feel that there are some good extras
that might have been included, I also dream with a documentary
on Peter Falk talking progresively on the episodes, the unsusal
things that he perceived, working with Spielberg in the
beggining and with so many great actors and actresses, who knows
if this personal wish will see the light of day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic Columbo. What's there not to like. Good price, delivery and condition by the seller. Highly recommend.Published 7 days ago by Jim breeding
I've so enjoyed going back through this entire series. Columbo stood head and shoulders above all the other piddling detective shows in the 1970s. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Craig Bennett Hallenstein
We are happy with the discs and content. It arrived in good condition, thanks.Published 10 months ago by Jmoss
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