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Columbo

Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo
Format Television movie
Mystery
Police procedural
Created by Richard Levinson
William Link
Starring Peter Falk
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 69 (List of episodes)
Production
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 x 73 minutes
39 x 98 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Film
Audio format Monaural
Stereophonic Sound
Original run February 20, 1968 – January 30, 2003
External links
TV.com summary

Columbo is an American crime fiction TV series, starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The show popularized the inverted detective story format; almost every episode began by showing the commission of the crime and the perpetrator. The character first appeared in a 1960 episode of the television anthology series The Chevy Mystery Show. This was adapted into a stage play, and a TV-movie based on the play was broadcast in 1968 as the pilot for a series. The series itself aired regularly from 1971 to 1978, and sporadically from 1989 to 2003. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... “Mystery” redirects here. ... The police procedural is a sub-genre of the mystery story which attempts to accurately depict the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. ... Richard Levinson (August 7, 1934 - March 12, 1987) was an American writer and producer who often worked in collaboration with William Link. ... William Link is a film and television writer, often working in collaboration with Richard Levinson. ... Peter Michael Falk (born September 16, 1927) is an American actor. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Here is a list of all the Columbo episodes: // Prescription: Murder (2/20/68) imdb Gene Barry is Dr. Ray Flemming, a psychiatrist who murders his wife and uses an actress/patient/lover to impersonate her to create an alibi. ... The single-camera setup (aka, single-camera mode of production) is a method of shooting films and television programs. ... This article is about the television network. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Label for 1. ... Label for 2. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with mystery_fiction. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Peter Michael Falk (born September 16, 1927) is an American actor. ... Gumshoe redirects here. ... LAPD and L.A.P.D. redirect here. ... An inverted detective story, also known as a Howcatchem, is a murder mystery fiction structure in which the commission of the crime is shown or described at the beginning, usually including the identity of the perpetrator. ...


Columbo is a scruffy looking cop that is usually underestimated by the murderer and his fellow cops. Despite his appearance, he solves all of his cases managing to come up with the hard evidence he needs in order to get an indictment. What might be considered the most entertaining part of the show would be the awkward interactions between Columbo and the suspect. When the other cops ask if he noticed the obvious evidence, Columbo is too busy looking at small clues that many people wouldn't notice. He enjoys having the murderers answer strange questions that they hadn't thought about the answers to.

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Character

Lt Columbo is a shabby, seemingly slow-witted police detective (once described as rumpled but loveable) whose fumbling, overly polite manner makes him an unlikely choice to solve any crime, let alone a complex murder. However, as the perpetrators eventually learn, appearances can be deceptive -- Columbo actually only uses his deferential and absent-minded persona to lull them into a false sense of security. Meanwhile, he solves the case by paying close attention to tiny inconsistencies in the suspect's story, and by relentlessly hounding the suspect (with increasing forcefulness as time goes on) until he or she ends up confessing to the crime or otherwise clearly does something to establish their guilt.


Columbo's signature interrogation technique is to politely conclude an interview with a suspect and exit the scene... but to then stop in the doorway (or even return a moment later from outside) and ask the suspect "just one more thing". The "one more thing" always brings to light the key inconsistency in the suspect's alibi. When the suspect tries to explain it, the explanation either does not make much sense or Columbo would then torpedo it with a nonrefutable rebuttal. Consistency has three technical meanings: In mathematics and logic, as well as in theoretical physics, it refers to the proposition that a formal theory or a physical theory contains no contradictions. ...

A prime example would "Candidate for Crime" when Columbo points out the inconsistency in the time of death of the victim. The call to the police was recorded at around 9:23pm. The victim's watch which was smashed put the time of death at around 9:20pm establishing the suspect's alibi as being at home with his wife and friends at that time. (He had actually been murdered an hour earlier.)
Columbo discovered that the nearest pay phone which was at a local gas station was actually seven minutes' driving time. So the suspect came up with a logical explanation, that the victim liked to set his watch five minutes back so that he would never be late, making the time of death at about 9:15pm giving the killer enough time to smoke a cigarette and find a pay phone. Columbo said it was logical except the phone was inside the gas station and that it had closed early that day about two hours earlier.

In the end most of the killers either stand stunned when they are caught or even go so far as to congratulate Columbo himself for solving the case. On at least three occasions the killer tries to kill Columbo such as "Lady in Waiting", "Murder under Glass", or "Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo". In several cases, the killer hands Columbo his prized possessions, such as "A Matter of Honor".


The character of Columbo was created by Richard Levinson and William Link, who claimed that Columbo was partially inspired by the Crime and Punishment character Porfiry Petrovich as well as G. K. Chesterton's humble clerical detective Father Brown. Other sources claim Columbo's character is based on Inspector Fichet from the classic French suspense-thriller Les Diaboliques (1955).[citation needed] Richard Levinson (August 7, 1934 - March 12, 1987) was an American writer and producer who often worked in collaboration with William Link. ... William Link is a film and television writer, often working in collaboration with Richard Levinson. ... For other uses, see Crime and Punishment (disambiguation). ... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (May 29, 1874–June 14, 1936) was an influential English writer of the early 20th century. ... The Father Brown stories by G.K. Chesterton, Penguin Books edition 1981 Father Brown is a fictional detective created by English novelist G. K. Chesterton, who stars in 52 short stories, later compiled in five books. ... Les Diaboliques is a black-and-white film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (U.K. title = The Fiends) based on the novel Celle qui nétait plus by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. ...


History of the character

The Columbo character first appeared, portrayed by Bert Freed, in a 1960 episode of the television anthology series The Chevy Mystery Show entitled "Enough Rope". This episode was adapted into a 1962 stage play called "Prescription: Murder" with Thomas Mitchell in the role of Columbo. "Prescription: Murder" then became a made-for-TV movie in 1968, with Peter Falk as Columbo. Falk continued in the role when the TV series began in 1971, and played the role until 2003. Bert Freed (November 3, 1919--August 2, 1994) was an American character actor who appeared in dozens of television shows between 1947 and 1985. ... Thomas Mitchell (July 11, 1892 – December 17, 1962) was an Academy, Emmy, and Tony award winning American film actor as well as a screenplay writer. ... Peter Michael Falk (born September 16, 1927) is an American actor. ...


Bert Freed as Columbo

The character of Columbo first appeared in 1960 in an episode of the NBC anthology series The Chevy Mystery Show, where he was played by Bert Freed, a character actor with a thatchy grey mane of hair. The episode, entitled "Enough Rope", was adapted by Levinson and Link from their short story "May I Come In" (originally entitled "Dear Corpus Delicti"), in which the character of Columbo did not appear. Link's name was listed first in the billing for the writers at the beginning of the show. This article is about the television network. ... Bert Freed (November 3, 1919--August 2, 1994) was an American character actor who appeared in dozens of television shows between 1947 and 1985. ...


Freed wore a rumpled suit and smoked a cigar to play Columbo, but played the part somewhat straighter than either of his two successors in the role, with few of the familiar Columbo mannerisms. However, the character is still recognizably Columbo and uses some of the same methods of misdirection on his prey. During the course of the show, the increasingly frightened murderer brings pressure from the district attorney's office to have Columbo taken off the case, but the detective fights back with his own contacts. There is one particularly visible mistake in the live telecast (aside from the usual constant boom microphone shadows), with a momentarily flustered Columbo introducing himself to a receptionist as "Dr Columbo", but she magically deduces that he's actually "Lt Columbo" when she notifies her supervisor.


Although Bert Freed received third billing, he wound up with almost as much screen time as the killer, once he appeared immediately after the first commercial, several minutes into the show (more or less exactly the same formula used in most of the later Falk shows). Unlike many live television shows, this one continues to exist and is available for viewing in the archives of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York and Los Angeles. Live television refers to television broadcasts of events or performances on a delay of between zero and fifteen seconds, rather than from video recordings or film. ... The East Coast branch of The Museum of Television and Radio is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan in New York City (USA). ... This article is about the state. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Thomas Mitchell as Columbo

The "Enough Rope" teleplay in turn was adapted into a stage play called Prescription: Murder with revered character actor Thomas Mitchell in the role; the 70-year-old Mitchell had previously played the drunken Doc in John Ford's Stagecoach (1939), for which he won an Academy Award, as well as Scarlett O'Hara's father in Gone with the Wind that same year, and also portrayed the absent-minded Uncle Billy in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946). The stage production starred two veterans of Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre and Citizen Kane: Joseph Cotten as the murderer and Agnes Moorehead as the victim. Thomas Mitchell (July 11, 1892 – December 17, 1962) was an Academy, Emmy, and Tony award winning American film actor as well as a screenplay writer. ... For other persons named John Ford, see John Ford (disambiguation). ... Stagecoach is a 1939 western film, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Scarlett OHara (full name Katie Scarlett OHara Hamilton Kennedy Butler) of French-Irish ancestry is the protagonist in Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel Gone with the Wind and in the later film of the same name. ... Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel of the same name. ... This article is about the film director. ... For other uses, see Its a Wonderful Life (disambiguation). ... George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an Academy Award-winning American director, writer, actor and producer for film, stage, radio and television. ... The Mercury Theatre was a theatre company founded in New York City by Orson Welles and John Houseman. ... Citizen Kane is a 1941 mystery/drama film released by RKO Pictures and directed by Orson Welles, his first feature film. ... Joseph Cheshire Cotten (May 15, 1905–February 6, 1994) was an American stage and screen actor. ... Agnes Robertson Moorehead (December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1994) was an Oscar-nominated American character actress. ...


Up to this point the writers had regarded Columbo as only a supporting role, but with Mitchell playing the part they soon found that he was deftly stealing attention away from the stars. Mitchell died of cancer while the play was touring in out-of-town tryouts; Columbo was his last role.


Peter Falk as Columbo

Finally, the play was made into a two-hour television movie aired on NBC in 1968. Mitchell had died, and the writers suggested Lee J. Cobb and Bing Crosby for the role of Columbo, but Cobb was unavailable and Crosby turned it down. Director Richard Irving convinced Dick Levinson and Bill Link that Falk, who wanted the role, could pull it off even though he was much younger than the writers had in mind. “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lee J. Cobb Lee J. Cobb (December 8, 1911 – February 11, 1976) was an American actor. ... Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ...


The first pilot, entitled "Prescription for Murder", has Falk's Columbo pitted against a psychiatrist, played by Gene Barry (star of the tv series Burke's Law), whose alibi Columbo breaks. The second pilot, made in 1971, is entitled "Ransom For a Dead Man", with Lee Grant playing the killer, who is also caught by Columbo. Gene Barry (born June 14, 1919) is an American actor. ... Lee Grant (October 31, 1927 in New York, New York) is an American theater, film and television actress, and film director who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s. ...


The first pilot's script suffered from a number of conceptual flaws, and was not picked up for a series. In particular, Columbo himself did not appear until a quarter of the way through the two-hour show, after a lengthy and complex build-up to the murder, which, unfortunately, establishes the handsome and popular tv star Gene Barry as a sympathetic figure. Columbo's character in this first pilot, by contrast, is too cold and hard-bitten. He in fact harrasses the principal witness and actually frightens her into co-operating with the police. The audience's sympathies were thus too much with the murderer instead of with the detective, which was not a sound basis on which to build a series.


However, the popularity of the second pilot prompted the creation of a regular series on NBC that premiered in the fall of 1971 as part of the wheel series NBC Mystery Movie, with the Columbo segments airing once a month on Wednesday nights. Columbo was an immediate hit in the Nielsen ratings and Falk won an Emmy Award for his role in the show's first year, with the character quickly becoming an icon on American television. In its second year the Mystery Movie series was moved to Sunday nights, where it then remained, running in all for seven seasons. After its cancellation by NBC in 1978 Columbo was revived on ABC between 1989 and 2003 in occasional made-for-tv movies. Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... A wheel series is a term applied in the broadcast television industry to a television program in which two or more regular series are rotated with the same time slot. ... The NBC Mystery Movie is the umbrella title of an American television series, produced by Universal Studios, that aired on NBC from 1971 to 1977. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... An Emmy Award. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ...


Columbo's wardrobe was provided by Peter Falk himself; they were his own clothes.[1]


Peter Falk would often ad-lib "Columbo-isms" (fumbling through his pockets for a piece of evidence and discovering a grocery list, asking to borrow a pencil, becoming distracted by something irrelevant in the room at a dramatic point in a conversation with a suspect, etcetera), inserting these into his performance as a way to keep his fellow actors off-balance. He felt it helped to make the confused and impatient reactions of their characters to Columbo's antics more genuine.


Columbo's car

Lt Columbo's battered car is a 1959 Peugeot 403 Cabriolet convertible, which Falk selected personally, after seeing it in a parking lot at Universal Studios.[2] When Columbo boasts that it's a rare automobile, he isn't kidding: from June 1956 to July 1961 only 2,050 were produced,[3] and only 504 were produced for model year 1959.[4] In the episode "Identity Crisis", Columbo tells the murderer that his is one of only three in the country. The Peugeot 403 was an automobile produced by the French manufacturer Peugeot from 1955 to 1966. ... A cabriolet was a light, two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage with a folding calash top, seating two persons facing forwards, one of whom was the driver. ...


Columbo wrecks the car at least four times: in Make Me a Perfect Murder when he t-bones one police car and is hit from behind by another while trying to repair his rear view mirror; in A Matter of Honor when he rear-ends another car; in Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health when it takes him three tries to crash into the killer's car; and in Old Fashioned Murder when he crashes into the back of a police car as he arrives at the murder scene. He also has many other problems with the car.[5] Side Collisions are a type of car accidents. ...


During the show's initial run on NBC, the licence number was 044-APD. The car was sold after cancellation of the series, and when the show resurfaced on ABC in 1989 the car was found in Ohio[6] and received a new licence plate number, 448-DBZ.


Series format

The series is noted by TV critics and historians for the way it reversed the cliché of the standard whodunit mystery. TV Guide has referred to the basic plot structure as a "howcatchem", though it is more properly known as an inverted detective story, a subgenre created by British writer Richard Austin Freeman. A whodunit or whodunnit (for Who done it? and sometimes referred to as a Golden Age Mystery novel) is a complex, plot-driven variety of the detective story in which the puzzle is paramount. ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ... An inverted detective story, also known as a Howcatchem, is a murder mystery fiction structure in which the commission of the crime is shown or described at the beginning, usually including the identity of the perpetrator. ... R(ichard) Austin Freeman (April 11, 1862 London - September 28, 1943 Gravesend) was a British writer of detective stories, mostly featuring the medico-legal forensic investigator Dr Thorndyke. ...


In a typical murder mystery, the identity of the murderer is not revealed until the climax of the story, and the hero uncovers clues pointing to the killer. In most episodes of Columbo, the audience sees the crime unfold at the beginning and knows exactly who did it and how it was done; the "mystery", from the audience's perspective, is spotting the clues that will lead Columbo to discover and expose the killer's guilt. This allows the story to unfold from the criminal's point of view, rather than that of the detective. In some episodes Columbo doesn't even appear until as late as 30 minutes into the story, the preceding time being taken up depicting the complex nature of the crime, including the history between the killer and the victim.


However, there are interesting exceptions to this. For instance in the episode Double Shock (Season 2, Episode 8) the story begins in the usual manner, but as the plot unfolds the murderer is revealed to have an identical twin with an equal motive to commit the murder, leaving the audience uncertain as to the identity of the killer.


A Columbo mystery therefore tends to be driven by the characters, rather than by technical procedures or the gathering of clues. The audience observe the criminal's reaction to the ongoing investigation, and to the increasingly intrusive presence of Lt Columbo. Initially Columbo's personality and manners are disarming and non-intimidating, so that the killer feels safe and 'helps' Columbo with his investigation (but in so doing, frequently backs himself into a corner by building up too detailed an alibi). Inevitably, the murderer discovers too late that the Lieutenant isn't nearly as simple-minded or scatterbrained as he appears; and the murderer's level of irritation, arrogance or panic escalates as the noose begins to tighten.


Columbo typically manipulates the killer into incriminating himself, often using extremely unorthodox and unpredictable methods. This unpredictability and the quirky mannerisms of Columbo – which are partly his natural personality, partly an affectation to give him an edge in his investigations – are part of the attraction of the series.


In several instances the killer is more sympathetic than the victim, mostly in episodes where the killer is a woman (such as Ruth Gordon's avenging mystery writer, Janet Leigh's mentally ill diva, and Vera Miles' besieged industrialist), but also including Donald Pleasence's vintner. Never again, however, would the series repeat the mistake of the first pilot in making the killer more sympathetic than the Lieutenant himself. Ruth Gordon (October 30, 1896 – August 28, 1985) was an American actress and screenwriter who was perhaps best known for her role as the oversolicitous neighbor in Roman Polanskis adaptation of Ira Levins novel Rosemarys Baby, for which she won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Supporting... Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was an American actress. ... Vera Miles (born August 23, 1929 or 1930[1]) is an American actress. ... Donald Henry Pleasence, OBE (October 5, 1919 – February 2, 1995) was an English stage and film actor. ...


Columbo rarely displays anger toward the (usually well-to-do) suspects; and in an impromptu speech to a ladies' club meeting hosted by Ruth Gordon's character, at which he shows up uninvited, he admits that over the course of many of his investigations he grew to like and respect the suspect. On a few occasions when he gets irritated, as in the scene where he picks up an object from a physician's desk and slams it against the table (with Leonard Nimoy as the physician/killer in 1971's "A Stitch in Crime"), the viewer is left with the impression that the loss of temper is genuine. However, this is usually not the case. Ruth Gordon (October 30, 1896 – August 28, 1985) was an American actress and screenwriter who was perhaps best known for her role as the oversolicitous neighbor in Roman Polanskis adaptation of Ira Levins novel Rosemarys Baby, for which she won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Supporting... Leonard Simon Nimoy (born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ...


By the same token Columbo rarely carries a gun, and is never required to exercise physical force. When the final arrest comes, the killer always goes quietly (though at least two suspects try to kill Columbo in the end, only to find their means of doing so has been circumvented by him beforehand). However, he will drop his usual disarming act and become openly aggressive and intimidating if the circumstances require it.


The episodes are all movie-length, between 70 and 100 minutes long, excluding commercials. The series was and remains very popular in Britain, where the similarity to the British model of the drawing-room mystery was much appreciated, as was the use of several British guest stars (in the original series).


Peter Falk, who played Columbo, has a glass eye and it remained a mystery for 25 years whether this glass eye "played the part of a real eye" (i.e. did the character, as opposed to the actor, have one or two eyes), until 1997's Columbo: A Trace of Murder, where upon asking another character to revisit the crime scene with him he jokes: “You know, three eyes are better than one.”


Columbo's wife

During the first incarnation of the series, between 1971 and 1978, it was widely believed in Hollywood that Columbo's "wife" was a fictional ploy used only for conversation with his prey, and that the character actually lived alone in a furnished room. Falk is reported in magazine profiles to have strongly believed this.


However, in the episode "Troubled Waters" other characters describe meeting and speaking to Mrs Columbo, though she never appears on screen. In three further episodes ("An Exercise in Fatality", "Any Old Port In A Storm" and "Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo") Columbo is seen talking on the telephone with her. And in the episode "Identity Crisis" the character played by Patrick McGoohan bugs Columbo's home and learns her favorite piece of music. Patrick Joseph McGoohan (born March 19, 1928) is an American born UK-raised actor, who rose to fame in the British film and TV industry by starring in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent when exported to the US), cult classic The Prisoner and Mel Gibsons...


In the episode "Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo", Columbo's unseen wife is herself targeted by a deranged killer (played by Helen Shaver). During the investigation Columbo states that his wife loves Chopin, and describes her as being busy with church, volunteering at the hospital, watching her sister's children, and walking the dog five times a day. He mentions that she has a sister named Ruth, and later while talking with his wife on the phone he refers also to her having another sister called Rita. This episode is to some extent an extended joke with the audience, in which we are teased as to whether or not Mrs. Columbo has actually been murdered. It also teases the audience by featuring prominently displayed photographs of Mrs. Columbo, apparently finally disclosing her appearance to viewers. However, for a very important reason in the storyline, the photos turn out not to be of Columbo's wife after all. Helen Shaver (born February 24, 1951 in St. ...


Psychologically, the audience came to want the mystery of Mrs. Columbo to be the one mystery the series never solved. She was an element of the show's format, as important to the series as Columbo's shabby raincoat, ancient car, and extraordinary hound dog.


After cancellation of the original Columbo series in 1978, Mrs. Columbo was the lead character in a TV detective series of the same name, in which she was played by Kate Mulgrew (later of Star Trek: Voyager) (see below).


Peter Falk's real-life wife, Shera Danese, appeared in six Columbo episodes in various roles.


Guest contributions

Directors/writers

Steven Spielberg and Jonathan Demme each directed episodes of the show during its first run. Jonathan Latimer and Steven Bochco were once writers. Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. ... Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944, in Baldwin, New York) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... Jonathan Wyatt Latimer (October 23, 1906—June 23, 1983) was an American crime writer. ... Steven Ronald Bochco (born December 16, 1943) is an American television producer and writer. ...


Ben Gazzara directed episodes "Troubled Waters" (1975) and "A Friend in Deed" (1974). Ben Gazzara (born Biagio Anthony Gazzara on August 28, 1930, in New York City) is an American actor in television and motion pictures. ...


Peter Falk himself directed the last episode of the 1st season, "Blueprint For Murder". Peter Michael Falk (born September 16, 1927) is an American actor. ...


Nicholas Colasanto, who acted in Raging Bull and Cheers (as Coach), directed some episodes, including "Swan Song" with Johnny Cash. However, "Étude in Black", which is credited to Colasanto, was actually co-directed by its co-stars John Cassavetes and Peter Falk as a favor to their friend Colasanto. This has given rise to the false rumor that Cassavetes sometimes directed under the pseudonym Nicholas Colasanto. Nicholas Colasanto (January 19, 1924 - February 12, 1985) was an American actor, known primarily for his role as Coach Ernie Pantusso on the long-running sitcom Cheers. ... This article is about the 1980 film. ... This article is about the TV series. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... John Nicholas Cassavetes (December 9, 1929–February 3, 1989) was a Greek American actor, screenwriter, and director. ... Peter Michael Falk (born September 16, 1927) is an American actor. ...


Patrick McGoohan directed five episodes (including three of the four in which he played the murderer) and wrote and produced two (including one of these). Patrick Joseph McGoohan (born March 19, 1928) is an American born UK-raised actor, who rose to fame in the British film and TV industry by starring in the 1960s television series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent when exported to the US), cult classic The Prisoner and Mel Gibsons...


Vincent McEveety was a frequent director, and homage was paid to him by a humorous mention of a character with his surname in the episode "Undercover" (which he directed).


Guest stars

Columbo was noted for its high-profile guest stars. Frequently, viewers were treated to seeing their favorite film and television stars as either the murderer or victim. See miscellaneous (below) for actors who played other roles, such as friends, relatives, witnesses, etc., rather than murderers or victims.


Noted actors appearing on Columbo include:

Murderers Anthony Andrews, Eddie Albert, Richard Basehart, Anne Baxter, Ed Begley, Jr., Theodore Bikel, Honor Blackman, Ian Buchanan, Stephen Caffrey, Johnny Cash, John Cassavetes, Jack Cassidy, Susan Clark, Billy Connolly, Robert Conrad, Jackie Cooper, Robert Culp, Tyne Daly, Faye Dunaway, Dick Van Dyke, Hector Elizondo, José Ferrer, Ruth Gordon, George Hamilton, Laurence Harvey, Lee Grant, Louis Jourdan, Richard Kiley, Martin Landau (as identical twin brothers), Janet Leigh, Ross Martin, Roddy McDowall, Patrick McGoohan, Vera Miles, Ray Milland, Ricardo Montalban, Leonard Nimoy, Donald Pleasence, Clive Revill, William Shatner, Helen Shaver, Fisher Stevens, Rip Torn, Trish Van Devere, Joyce Van Patten, Robert Vaughn, George Wendt, Oskar Werner, Nicol Williamson Patrick McGoohan appeared in a record four episodes of Columbo. Robert Culp and Jack Cassidy both appeared three times as murderers. Culp appeared a fourth time as the father of a collegiate killer. Ray Milland, Dean Stockwell, George Hamilton, William Shatner and Robert Vaughn and Ed Begley, Jr. all appeared in two episodes. Hamilton played the killer both times; Vaughn played both a killer and a victim, and Milland played both killer and the husband of the victim (Pat Crowley, killed by Culp). Begley played both an innocent third party and a killer.
Victims Lola Albright, Sian Barbara Allen, Richard Anderson, Sorrell Booke, Barbara Colby, Anjanette Comer, Pat Crowley, John Dehner, Bradford Dillman, Greg Evigan, Joel Fabiani, Nina Foch, Anne Francis, Charles Frank, Will Geer, Leslie Nielson, James Gregory, Deidre Hall, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Sam Jaffe, John Kerr, Jack Kruschen, Ida Lupino, Chuck McCann, Rue McClanahan, Martin Milner, André Lawrence, Rosemary Murphy, Tim O'Connor, Nehemiah Persoff, Martha Scott, Pippa Scott, Martin Sheen, Mickey Spillane, Dean Stockwell, Forrest Tucker, Robert Vaughn, Lesley Ann Warren, John Williams, Jeff Yagher Ida Lupino appeared twice, once as a victim and once as the spouse of a victim. Barbara Colby, a newcomer, played a victim, albeit not the intended victim, but rather a potential blackmailer who is killed for that reason. Sian Barbara Allen was also killed for her attempts at blackmail.

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Miscellaneous guest stars

Actors such as Diane Baker, Priscilla Barnes, Kim Cattrall, Sondra Currie, Jamie Lee Curtis, Samantha Eggar, Blythe Danner, Fionnuala Flanagan, John Fraser, Jeff Goldblum, Valerie Harper, Mariette Hartley, Joyce Jillson, Bruno Kirby, Walter Koenig, Donald Moffat, Pat Morita, Richard Pearson, Suzanne Pleshette, Barry Robins, Gena Rowlands, Katey Sagal (whose father Boris Sagal directed several episodes), Cynthia Sikes, James B. Sikking and Vic Tayback, among many others, had roles of varying sizes early in their careers. Diane Baker (born February 25, 1938) is an American actress. ... Barnes in the opening credits of Threes Company Priscilla Barnes (born in Fort Dix, New Jersey on December 7, 1955) is an American actress best known for replacing Suzanne Somers (Jenilee Harrison having stepped-in the season before) when Somers finally quit the show Threes Company. ... Kim Victoria Cattrall (born August 21, 1956, in Widnes, England) is an English-born Canadian actress. ... Sondra Currie is the daughter of actress Marie Harmon who made several movies in the 1940s. ... Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is an American film actress and an author of childrens books. ... From The Walking Stick, 1970 Samantha Eggar (born March 5, 1939) is an English actress. ... Blythe Katherine Danner (born February 3, 1943) is a prolific two time Emmy-winning American actress who has appeared in numerous stage, screen, and film roles. ... Fionnuala Flanagan (born December 10, 1941) is an Irish actress based in Hollywood who has appeared on American TV in Rich Man, Poor Man and Murder, She Wrote, among others, and in various feature films. ... John Fraser (born Glasgow 18 March 1931) is a BAFTA-nominated Scottish-born actor of cinema, television and theatre. ... Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum (born October 22, 1952) is an Academy-Award nominated American actor. ... Valerie Harper (born August 22, 1940 in Suffern, New York) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress, best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern-Gerard on the 1970s television show The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and its spinoff, Rhoda. ... Marietta Hartley Marietta Hartley (born June 21, 1940 in Weston, Connecticut) is an American actress, best known for her work in television. ... Joyce Jillson (December 26, 1946—October 1, 2004) was a syndicated astrologer. ... Bruno Kirby (April 28, 1949 – August 14, 2006) was an American film and television actor. ... Walter Marvin Koenig (born September 14, 1936) is an American actor, writer, teacher and director, known for his roles as Chekov in Star Trek, and as Bester on the series Babylon 5. ... Donald Moffat (born December 26, 1930) is an English-born American actor. ... Noriyuki Pat Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an American actor who is probably best known for playing the roles of Arnold on the TV show Happy Days and Mr. ... Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Lyons Otway Pearson CB (1831–30 May 1890) was Assistant Commissioner (Executive) of the London Metropolitan Police. ... Pleshette in 1991 Suzanne Pleshette (born January 31, 1937 in New York City) is an American actress, best known as Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show in the 70s. ... Gena Rowlands (born June 19, 1930) is an American actress. ... Katey Sagal (born Catherine Louise Sagal on January 19, 1954)[1] is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress, singer, and writer, best known for her roles in Futurama, 8 Simple Rules, and Married. ... Boris Sagal directing The Omega Man Boris Sagal (October 18, 1917 - May 22, 1981) was an American television and film director. ... Cynthia Sikes (born January 2, 1954, in Coffeyville, Kansas) is an actress known for playing strong Mother roles. ... James Sikking (b. ... Victor Vic Tayback (January 6, 1930 – May 25, 1990) was a New York City-born American actor of Syrian descent. ...


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More seasoned actors to appear, later in their careers, included Don Ameche, Maurice Evans, Bernard Fox, Jane Greer, Julie Harris, Edith Head (as herself), Celeste Holm, Kim Hunter, Jessie Royce Landis, Robert Loggia, Myrna Loy, Patrick Macnee, Juliet Mills, Sal Mineo, Julie Newmar, Leslie Nielsen, Janis Paige, John Payne, Vincent Price, Kate Reid, Madeleine Sherwood, Rod Steiger, David White, Roddy McDowall and William Windom (who appeared in the first pilot, in 1968). Not to be confused with former NBA player John Amaechi. ... Maurice Evans (born June 3, 1901 in Dorset; died March 12, 1989 in East Sussex) was a British-born actor who became a US citizen in 1941. ... Bernard M. Fox (born 11 May 1927) is a Welsh-born British film and television actor. ... Jane Greer in Out of the Past (1947). ... Actress Julie Harris photo taken by Carl Van Vechten 1952 Julie Harris (born Julia Ann Harris on December 2, 1925 in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan) is an American actress. ... Edith Head on the cover of the book The Life and Times of Edith Head by David Chierichetti Edith Head (October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981) was an American costume designer who had a long career in Hollywood that garnered her more Academy Awards than any other woman in history. ... Celeste Holm (b. ... Kim Hunter (November 12, 1922 – September 11, 2002) was an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress. ... Jessie Royce Landis (25 November 1904 - 2 February 1972) was an American actress. ... Robert Loggia (born January 3, 1930) is an American Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated film and television actor who specializes in character parts. ... Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American motion picture actress. ... Patrick Macnee (born Daniel Patrick Macnee on February 6, 1922 in London) is an English born American actor. ... Juliet Mills - Juliet Maryon Mills (born November 21, 1941) is a British character actress, most famous for her roles on shows such as Nanny and the Professor and Passions. ... Salvatore Sal Mineo, Jr. ... Julie Newmar (born Julie Chalene Newmeyer on August 16, 1933) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... Leslie William Nielsen OC (born February 11, 1926) is a Canadian born American comedian and actor. ... Janis Paige (Birthname: Donna Mae Tjaden b. ... Payne in Kansas City Confidental John Payne was an American movie actor who is mainly remembered as a singer in 20th Century Fox film musicals. ... Vincent Leonard Price Jr. ... Kate Daphne Reid (4 November 1930 – 27 March 1993) was a Canadian actress. ... Madeleine Sherwood (born Madeleine Louise Hélène Thornton on November 13, 1922 in Outremont, Quebec) is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as the Reverend Mother Superior on the sitcom The Flying Nun. ... Rod Steiger (April 14, 1925 – July 9, 2002) was an American Academy Award-winning actor best known for his intense performances in such films as In the Heat of the Night, On the Waterfront and Doctor Zhivago. ... David White (April 4, 1916 - November 27, 1990) was an American stage, film and television actor. ... Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall (September 17, 1928 – October 3, 1998) was an English/American actor. ... William Windom playing the role of Dr. Seth Hazlitt on the television series Murder, She Wrote William Windom, (born September 28, 1923, New York, New York), great-grandson of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, of the same name, is an American actor, best known for his work on television...


Recurring actors/roles

Actors J. P. Finnegan (6 times), Michael Lally (40+ times), Vito Scotti (6 times), Bruce Kirby (8 appearances, 4 of them as Sergeant Kramer), Bob Dishy (as Sergeant Wilson in two episodes), Dr. Benson (Columbo's dog's vet, played by Michael Fox in two episodes) and Burt (the chili dispenser at Columbo's favorite greasy spoon, played by Timothy Carey) played recurring characters. Vito Scotti (26 January 1918–5 June 1996) was a character actor who played many roles, primarily from the late 1940s to the early 1980s. ... Bruce Kirby (born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu on April 24, 1928) is an American character actor. ... Bob Dishy (born September 3, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is an actor known for his deadpan humor. ... Michael Fox (February 27, 1921-1996) was an American character actor born in Yonkers, New York. ...


Spin-off

The very idea of a show about Mrs Columbo was opposed by series creators Levinson and Link, as well as by Peter Falk. In an interview with Columbo Phile author Mark Dawidziak, published prior to the 1989 Columbo revival, Richard Levinson joked, "If there was ever another Columbo we were going to have him say, 'There's a woman running around pretending to be my wife. She's changing things. She's a young girl. I wish my wife was like that. She's an imposter.'"


Nonetheless, a spin-off TV series titled Mrs Columbo starring Kate Mulgrew was aired in 1979, but it received a dismal reception and was swiftly cancelled. It especially disappointed fans of the original series, as Mrs Columbo was often referred to but never seen. The mystery of what Columbo's oft-talked about wife was "really" like was an important part of the original show's appeal, and showing an actual Mrs Columbo seemed to take something away from the Columbo mystique. Kate Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor, most famous for her roles as Mary Ryan on Ryans Hope and Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. ...


Columbo himself was never seen on Mrs Columbo. However, certain obvious connections were made to the original Columbo series, notably the presence of Columbo's beat-up car and pet dog in the show's opening sequence. And references were made to Kate's husband being a police lieutenant. However, there were also notable discrepancies between the two shows. Kate's physical appearance did not match with certain descriptions Lt Columbo had provided of his wife in various Columbo episodes over the years — this "Mrs Columbo" was too young and too thin to be the wife described in the Columbo episodes. In fact, Mulgrew was only 24 when the Mrs Columbo series premiered, meaning she would have been only 13 when Falk started playing Columbo and made the earliest references to his wife, in the 1968 pilot.


Furthermore, in the episode "Double Exposure" Lt Columbo declared that his wife "had no head for crime" and that she "always picked the wrong guy as the murderer" whenever they watched a mystery movie. Kate's mystery solving exploits in this series ran counter to that description.


Due to the negative critical and public reaction to the show, the producers fairly quickly started making changes. The spin-off was renamed Kate Columbo, followed by Kate the Detective, and finally Kate Loves a Mystery. The main character was likewise renamed "Kate Callahan", and all references to and ties with the original Columbo show were dropped — the character was no longer supposed to be Mrs Columbo or to have any connection with him at all. Despite (or perhaps because of) all the attempts to fix it, the series lasted only thirteen episodes.


An episode of Mrs Columbo was included as a bonus feature on the Region 1 DVD releases of the third, fourth and fifth seasons.


The "true" name and identity of Mrs Columbo has in fact been provided by the Lieutenant himself. In a 1978 episode of the NBC series "Dean Martin's Celebrity Roasts" (released on DVD in 2003) the man of the hour is Frank Sinatra, and one of the guests paying tribute is Peter Falk, entirely in character as Lt Columbo. Columbo pesters Sinatra into autographing a napkin, to be signed to himself and Mrs Columbo. He then asks him to change it, putting "the missus" name first... before finally settling on "actually, even better... just put 'to Rose'". In the episode "Rest in Peace, Mrs Columbo" he notes that his wife has a sister named Ruth, and later while talking with her on the phone, refers also to her sister Rita. His wife and her two sisters may thus have been named Rose, Ruth and Rita.


First name

Columbo's first name was never mentioned in the series, and became as celebrated a mystery as his never-seen wife. In the episode "Columbo: Undercover", as an in-joke, when asked for his first name he replies "Lieutenant".


The 'Philip Columbo' myth

Several sources cite the lieutenant's name as "Philip Columbo", variously claiming that the name was either in the original script for Prescription: Murder or that it was visible on his police badge. For instance: "A rumour that Columbo's first name — which is never mentioned by him on screen — is actually Peter has been denied by the star: if he has a name at all, says Falk, it is Philip, which was the name used in the original story, Prescription: Murder."[7] Peugeot even ran an advertising campaign that mentioned "Lt Philip Columbo" as the most famous driver of the Peugeot 403 convertible. Peugeot is a major French car brand, part of PSA Peugeot Citroën. ... // Advert redirects here. ... The Peugeot 403 was an automobile produced by the French manufacturer Peugeot from 1955 to 1966. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ...


The name "Philip Columbo" was, in fact, invented by Fred L Worth, author of The Trivia Encyclopedia, who planted this fictitious entry about Columbo's first name in his book (and its sequels) as a copyright trap in an attempt to catch anyone who might try to violate his copyright. The Trivia Encyclopedia was first released in the early 1970s. ... Fictitious entries, also known as fake entries and Mountweazels, are deliberately wrong entries and articles in dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps and directories. ... Fictitious entries, also known as fake entries and Mountweazels, are deliberately wrong entries and articles in dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps and directories. ... The Cathach of St. ...


Worth's ploy was, however, not successful. In 1984, he filed a $300 million lawsuit against the distributors of the board game Trivial Pursuit, claiming that they had sourced their questions from his book, even to the point of reproducing misprints and typographical errors contained in the book. The ace up his sleeve was "Philip Columbo", which appeared in a game question about Lt Columbo, despite the name 'Philip' being an invention of Worth's. Trivial Pursuit is a board game where progress is determined by a players ability to answer general knowledge, popular culture questions. ...


The makers of Trivial Pursuit did not deny that they sourced material from Worth's book, but argued there was nothing improper about using that book simply as one of the many sources from which the game's material originated. The judge agreed, ruling in favor of Trivial Pursuit, and the case was thrown out.


Columbo's first name – revealed?

Columbo's badge in the episode "Dead Weight". The website of the LAPD has a description of the LAPD badge. The badge number 235 is much too low as it would place Columbo in the 1940s.
Columbo's badge in the episode "Dead Weight". The website of the LAPD has a description of the LAPD badge. The badge number 235 is much too low as it would place Columbo in the 1940s.

Probably the closest thing to a definitive answer came to light following the release of the first series on DVD. In the episode "Dead Weight", when Columbo introduces himself to General Hollister the audience is shown a brief close-up of Columbo's badge, complete with a signature. Though difficult to read when viewed at normal speed, when the image of the badge is paused the signature appears to read "Frank Columbo". The same ID badge is seen in numerous other episodes, and the signature "Frank Columbo" is clearly visible in the season 5 episode "A Matter of Honor".


Universal Studios, in the boxset release of seasons 1-4 under their Playback label, included a picture of Columbo's police badge on the back of the box, with signature "Frank Columbo" and the name "Lt Frank Columbo" in type. This appears to be a different badge from the one seen in "Dead Weight", with a different signature. This article is about the American media conglomerate. ...


Nonetheless, Columbo creators Richard Levinson and William Link, as well as star Peter Falk, have always insisted that Columbo's first name was never revealed. Its apparent disclosure on the badge, therefore, may have been unintentional.


Biography of Lt Columbo

The following details of Lt Columbo's life have been gleaned from statements the character has made or observations of the character's behavior in the show. He may have been lying about any or all of these to establish a rapport with the person he was speaking to, though some facts, like his marriage, have enough other support to establish them as definitely factual.


Columbo was born and raised in New York City in a neighborhood near Chinatown. In the Murder under Glass episode he revealed that he ate more egg rolls than cannelloni in his childhood. The Columbo household included the future policeman's grandfather, parents, five brothers and a sister. His brother-in-law is a lawyer. His father wore glasses and did the cooking when his mother was in the hospital having another baby. His grandfather "was a tailgunner on a beer truck during Prohibition" and let him stomp the grapes when they made wine in the cellar. He is Italian on both sides, though he professes to be "the only Italian who can't sing." New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article is about sections of an urban area associated with a large number of Chinese residents or commercial activities. ... Two beef eggrolls. ... The tone or style of this section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ...


Peter Falk has stated during an interview on Inside the Actor's Studio that he wasn't truly sure how many relatives Columbo had aside from his wife. Inside the Actors Studio is a program on the Bravo cable television channel which premiered in 1995 and is hosted by James Lipton. ...


Columbo's father, who never earned more than $5,000 a year, taught him how to play pool, an obsession that stuck with the future detective. His boyhood hero was Joe DiMaggio, and he also liked gangster pictures. Joseph Paul DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr. ...


Hardly a model child, Columbo broke street lamps, played pinball and ran with a crowd of boys that enjoyed a good prank. The trick of putting a potato in a car exhaust — which purportedly prevents the car from starting without causing permanent damage — served well on one of his cases. He became a cop in part to make up for these juvenile pranks.


During high school, he dropped chemistry and took wood shop. While dating a girl named Theresa in high school, he met his future wife. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Columbo joined the New York City police force and was assigned to the 12th precinct. He trained under Sergeant Gilhooley, a genial Irishman who tried to teach him the game of darts. He moved to Los Angeles in 1958. While studying to make Detective, he acknowledged that he had nowhere near the smarts of his fellow candidates. But he determined that he could even the odds by working harder than any of them... by reading all of the books and paying attention to every detail. Belligerents United Nations: Republic of Korea Australia Belgium Canada Colombia Ethiopia France Greece Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand Philippines South Africa Thailand Turkey United Kingdom United States Naval Support and Military Servicing/Repairs: Japan Medical staff: Denmark Italy Norway India Sweden DPR Korea PR China Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee Chung... Jan. ...


He is compulsive about little details. Little things keep him awake at night and he likes to bounce ideas off his wife. They have an unknown number of children, and a basset hound named Dog.


He hates guns and almost never carries one. He has such low confidence in his ability to pass a routine departmental marksmanship test that in the episode Forgotten Lady he convinces a fellow officer to take the test for him, saying he himself could never hit the target.


He prefers to drive his trademark dirty 1959 Peugeot 403 convertible (which is equipped with a police radio), rather than an official LAPD car while on duty. He rarely visits the Police Department in downtown Los Angeles, and in fact some members of the Department have never seen him there, a criticism to which he responds in the episode Forgotten Lady by commenting, "That's rarely where the murders take place!" Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Peugeot 403 was an automobile produced by the French manufacturer Peugeot from 1955 to 1966. ... Saab 900 Convertible 1962 Rambler American 1981 AMC Eagle 4-WD convertible Convertible can also refer to a convertible security A convertible (sometimes called cabriolet in British English) is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof (aka soft top or top in USA, hood in UK). ...


His reputation among his superiors tends to vary from person to person. Some regard him with poorly-hidden distaste, put off by his apparently slipshod techniques. Yet he is often specifically assigned to high-profile cases that require the Department's most skilled investigator. He is uniformly respected and defended by people who have worked with him to the conclusion of a case.


His trademark costume (raincoat over salmon-colored jacket and pants, with bone-colored dress shirt and green rayon tie) never varies from case to case or year to year. When "on duty" he is never seen without it, except in rare cases when circumstances (such as a formal event) require alternate attire. He takes his "uniform" so seriously that when a murder was committed while he was enjoying a Mexican cruise with his wife, Columbo changed out of his cruisewear and wore his familiar suit exclusively until the case was solved.


He's prone to airsickness and seasickness, and he can't swim — though he has been known to row a boat. He is squeamish, and doesn't like hospitals or autopsies, or even looking at photographs of 'messy' murders. He's also afraid of heights. "To tell you the truth," he explained to an FAA investigator who offered him a job, "I don't even like being this tall." In another episode when asked with his name he would be at home on a boat, he responded, "It must have been another branch of the family."


He is not good with numbers. He likes cooking, limericks, Westerns, Italian opera, Strauss waltzes, golf (which he is very good at), classical music, bowling, and American football on television. He also plays the tuba. He is a self-proclaimed expert at tuning-in TV sets. In 1972, he earned $11,000 a year. He is extremely stingy and for his 25th wedding anniversary, rather than buying his wife silver he considered taking her camping. His parents and his grandfather are dead.


His favorite food is chili with crackers ("It's the crackers that make the dish", he comments in "Ransom for a Dead Man"), which he eats at a greasy spoon. In early episodes (served by Burt) and in later episodes (served by Barney himself) he gets his chili at the famous -- and very real -- Barney's Beanery. In later episodes he is found eating chili at various different places, but he is a "regular" at each chili spot that we see him patronize, and is familiar to the staff, with whom he often chews over a case. He also eats raisins and candy, which he has been known to carry in his pocket and offer round — especially at uncomfortable moments during one of his unassuming interrogations. A bowl of chili con carne with beans and tortilla chips. ... The Regency Cafe in Pimlico, London, is a well-preserved 1940s greasy spoon cafe. ... Barneys Beanery Barneys Beanery is a famous restaurant and bar located in West Hollywood, California. ...


He also loves coffee and drinks it black. He rarely drinks alcohol but has been known to have the occasional beer, or a glass of wine or spirits, and isn't above sharing one last drink with someone he's about to put away.


When called to a case in the early hours he brings a hard-boiled egg to serve as his breakfast. He loves cigars (usually of the stubby, very smelly, "Toscano" variety), which he smokes regularly (although more than once he gives up smoking during the series, only to restart in the next episode). He speaks Italian (though he states he does not to the Italian mob in an episode where he is kidnapped by the mob), and a little Spanish. In the Murder under Glass episode he spoke Italian to Mario (played by Antony Alda). A hard-boiled egg is a prepared food. ...


He's a whistler — in almost every episode of the ABC revival he is heard whistling the children's song "This Old Man". If he doesn't whistle it, it appears somewhere else, such as in the underscore. Its significance comes from the line "knick knack paddywhack, give a dog a bone" in the lyrics, since Columbo's standard tactic is to worry at a case like a dog worries at a bone. The motif also ties in with his basset hound, Dog, whom he acquires as a companion in the ABC shows. This Old Man is a nursery rhyme of unknown origin. ...


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Comparison of the original series to the later revival

A major difference between the original Columbo series and what has come to be known as the "new" Columbo, is the fame of the guest murderer-of-the-week. In the original series, in almost all cases the featured villain was well known in show business and easily recognizable by the public at large. In many, though not all, of the new episodes the guest villain is relatively unknown to the public and not easily recognized by the audience.


In a standard mystery series, on the usual Hollywood principle of "follow the money", the expensive guest star in an episode will normally turn out to be the murderer. This tends to be a give-away in plot terms, and thus a source of problems for a show. In Columbo, however, because the identity of the killer is known to the audience from the outset this was never a problem.


Another difference is that 'new' Columbo occasionally plays tricks with the famous format established by the 1970s episodes (where the murderer carries out a complex plan in the first act, and the remainder of the episode follows Columbo's efforts to prove them guilty). For instance, the 1992 episode A Bird In The Hand starts out in the time honoured fashion, with the planning of a murder, only for the intended victim to be killed by someone else immediately before the plan was about to be executed.


Future of Columbo

In May 2007 it was announced that Peter Falk had chosen a script for one last Columbo episode, titled Columbo: Hear No Evil. The script was then reportedly renamed "Columbo's Last Case". ABC, the network which has aired the new Columbo series since 1989, declined the project because of Peter Falk's age.[8][9]


List of episodes

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DVD releases

Universal Studios Home Entertainment released all seven seasons of Columbo on DVD in Region 1. They have also started releasing the TV-Movies that followed the series: Mystery Movie Collection 1989 was released on April 24, 2007. The Region 2 release: The Complete Eighth Season does not feature the episode Murder, A Self Portrait. Universal Studios Home Entertainment (formerly Universal Studios Home Video or MCA/Universal Home Video) is a home video company founded in 1979. ...

Title Ep Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season 9 September 7, 2004 September 13, 2004 December 3, 2004
The Complete Second Season 8 March 8, 2005 July 18, 2005 July 13, 2005
The Complete Third Season 8 August 9, 2005 November 14, 2005 July 20, 2006
The Complete Fourth Season 6 March 14, 2006 September 18, 2006 September 19, 2006
The Complete Fifth Season 6 June 27, 2006 February 12, 2007 Unknown 2007
The Complete Sixth & Seventh Seasons 8 November 21, 2006 April 30, 2007 May 2, 2007
The Mystery Movie Collection 1989 (R1)
The Complete Eighth Season (R2)
5 (R1)
4 (R2)
April 24, 2007 March 31, 2008 June 4, 2008
Seasons 1 - 4 31 N/A November 20, 2006 N/A
Seasons 1 - 7 45 N/A October 22, 2007 N/A

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Other appearances

  • Falk appeared as Columbo in a faux episode of Alias produced for a 2003 TV special celebrating the 50th anniversary of ABC. Featuring most of the regular cast of the spy series, the skit began with Jack Bristow preparing agents Sydney Bristow and Michael Vaughn for a mission, and informing them that they will have a new partner - Detective Columbo. Columbo proceeds to wreak havoc at CIA headquarters, accidentally shooting Vaughn with an anesthetic dart and volunteering to wear a skimpy bikini intended for Sydney during the mission. Columbo reveals that his mission is not to aid the CIA but rather to help Walt Disney Company/ABC head Michael Eisner better understand the show. His work completed, Columbo departs, leaving Jack Bristow to utter a confused, "Dear God, that was strange."
  • Falk also appeared as Columbo in the 1977 Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Frank Sinatra.
  • Falk appears as himself (but dressed as Columbo) in the Wim Wenders films Wings of Desire and Faraway, So Close! In the first he appears as a filmmaker producing a film about Berlin's Nazi past, and in the second he pretends to be scouting locations for a Columbo movie in order to distract some security guards.

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Music score

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Books

A Columbo series of books were published by MCA Publishing in 1972 by authors Alfred Lawrence, Henry Clement and Lee Hays, mostly adapted from the TV series.[10]


Columbo was also used as the protagonist for a series of novels published between 1994 and 1999 by Forge Books, an imprint of Tor Books. All of these books were written by William Harrington. Tor Books is an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC which publishes popular fiction, and is particularly noted for its science fiction and fantasy titles. ... Tor Books is one of two imprints of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, based in New York City. ...


Influence

  • The character of Robert Goren (a knowledgeable and detail-obsessed man who intentionally comes off as distant and oblivious to suspects) from the NBC program Law & Order: Criminal Intent, is partially inspired by Columbo. Other television detective characters that were possibly inspired by Columbo include the neurotic Adrian Monk (from Monk) and the street-savvy but irresponsible Shawn Spencer (from Psych), both of whom also solve crimes by noticing small, seemingly irrelevant things.
  • The children's educational show Sesame Street featured a sheep detective named "Colambo".
  • Columbo has been parodied four times by The Simpsons. In "Simpson Tide", Homer Simpson attempts to do a Columbo impression, which consists simply of saying "one more thing" in a gruff accent repeatedly (and a single wandering eye). On a different episode, Chief Wiggum attempts to defend his position as a police officer by saying that he was "able to solve an episode of Columbo". On being told that they show who committed the crime at the start of the episode, Wiggum replies "Yeah, but you have to remember." In The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XVIII Kodos says to Bart, "Well duh, Columbo." In Dial "N" for Nerder, the normally dim Nelson Muntz plays Columbo-style detective to investigate a supposed murder.
  • Columbo's style of interrogation was also parodied in an episode of the anime Sonic X, where Vector the Crocodile, a detective character, was doing a number of famous detective impressions. One of these impressions was of Lieutenant Columbo, where he immediately dons a trenchcoat and quotes Columbo's "one more thing..." line. In the dub version of the anime, part of the interpretation, namely the cigar Vector was holding in his right hand, was edited out.
  • "The Columbo Effect" is a term popular amongst British doctors for patients' habit of only stating what really worries them just as they are about to leave, in the manner of Columbo's interviewing technique.
  • The Character of Baldwin "Bulletproof" Vess in the cartoon series C.O.P.S. was usually seen wearing a Columbo-style raincoat and suit in most episodes and in the accompanying toy series and comic book
  • In an episode of the sitcom Bosom Buddies, the character Henry Desmond (Peter Scolari), performs a Columbo impression as part of an elaborate revenge scheme.
  • In an episode of Channel 4's Peep Show, Mark walks away from a girl he's interested in and, just as he reaches the door, urges himself to "do a Columbo". He turns and says "Just one more thing". He later reflects on "good old Columbo. Just the one technique of course, still, shits on Quincy."
  • Issue 172 of Viz comic (February 2008) includes a parody cartoon strip titled Loo Attendant Columbo, in which a Columbo-lookalike janitor attempts to solve the mystery of a blocked lavatory at LAPD headquarters, rather than simply clean it up as instructed.
  • The French satirical news programme Les Guignols de l'info, which uses latex puppets of famous people to comment on the news, has a puppet of Columbo. This latex Columbo has been used to question puppets representing politicians, including Nicolas Sarkozy and Michèle Alliot-Marie, and expose their alleged hypocrisy and lies.

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International

Country Foreign title Translation Network(s) Notes
Flag of Argentina Argentina Columbo
Dubbed Retro on Sundays at 8pm
Flag of Australia Australia Columbo
None TV1 the show is still shown
Flag of Austria Austria Columbo
Dubbed ORF1 the show is still shown (Sunday nights at 11:15 PM & Monday at 10:20 AM)
Flag of Belgium Belgium Columbo
Dubbed RTBf
RTL-TVi
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Коломбо (Columbo)
Dubbed Fox Crime
Diema
Catalonia (Spain) Colombo
Dubbed TVC
Flag of Croatia Croatia Columbo
Subtitled HRT early afternoon 4 times a week (days are various)
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Kolombo
Dubbed TV Nova
TV Prima
others
Flag of Denmark Denmark Columbo
Subtitled DR1
Flag of Egypt Egypt Columbo
Subtitled MBC 2
Flag of Finland Finland Columbo
Subtitled MTV
Flanders Columbo
VijfTV
Flag of France France Columbo
Dubbed TF1
TV Breizh
still shown on the cable channel TV Breizh (Sunday nights at 9pm)
Galicia (Spain) Columbo
Dubbed TVG
Flag of Germany Germany Columbo
Dubbed Super RTL the show is still shown (Sunday nights at 22:15 PM)
Flag of Hungary Hungary Columbo
Dubbed Magyar Televízió
TV2
Viasat3
still shown on TV2 and Viasat3, originally on Magyar Televízió
Flag of Ireland Ireland Columbo
None RTÉ One Occasional screenings, currently (as of April 2008) on Saturday afternoons.
Flag of Italy Italy Colombo
(Columbo)
Dubbed Rete 4
Fox
on Saturday and Sundays evenings at 19.40
Flag of Japan Japan Columbo
Super Channel
The Mystery Channel
the show is still shown
Flag of Norway Norway Columbo
Subtitled NRK1 the show is still shown (Monday nights at 23.25 PM and Friday 12.40PM)
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Columbo
Dubbed Shalimar Television Network was shown once every week
Flag of Poland Poland Columbo
Dubbed TVP
RTL7
others
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Kolombo
Dubbed TV Markíza
STV 1 - Slovenská televízia
others
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Columbo
None A Kanal, Pop Tv Both don't air anymore.
Flag of Portugal Portugal Columbo
Dubbed TVR1 aired in the mid '90s
Flag of Russia Russia Коломбо (Columbo)
Dubbed Channel One was shown 2 (or even 3) times; (Friday nights at 21:40 PM and Saturday nights at 19:00 PM)
Flag of Spain Spain Colombo
Dubbed TVE
Telecinco
Flag of Sweden Sweden Columbo
Subtitled SVT, TV3
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Columbo
Dubbed Télévision Suisse Romande the show is still shown on Télévision Suisse Romande, a French language Swiss TV channel in Zweikanalton (French/English) (Friday nights at about 11:00 PM)
Flag of Turkey Turkey Komiser Kolombo
(Lieutenant Columbo)
Dubbed TRT 1
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Columbo
Dubbed Inter
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Columbo
None ITV
ITV3
BBC2
Five
UKTV Gold
Movies 24
Sky Movies
Hallmark Channel
the show was originally broadcast on ITV, nowadays it is shown on ITV, ITV3, BBC2, Five, UKTV Gold, Movies 24, Sky Movies and the Hallmark Channel

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See also

Furuhata Ninzaburo (古畑任三郎) is a Japanese television series that ran periodically on Fuji Television from 1994 until its final episodes (specials, really) in 2006. ...

Bibliography

Dawidziak, Mark. The Columbo Phile: A Casebook. The Mysterious Press, 1989.


References

  1. ^ "Just One More Thing" by Peter Falk, 2006
  2. ^ Peugeot official history
  3. ^ Peugeot 403 page
  4. ^ Classic Cars: Peugeot 403
  5. ^ see this site for a complete history
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Haining, Peter, ed. The Television Crimebusters Omnibus. London: Orion, 1994, p. 372. ISBN 1-85797-736-X. It should be noted that this volume of short stories contains a number of factual errors in its introductions — for instance, it cites Edna May Oliver as having played Hildegarde Withers in six films (p. 406)
  8. ^ With aging Falk, 'Columbo' looks like a closed case
  9. ^ A mystery Columbo can't seem to crack
  10. ^ Columbo books

Edna May Oliver (November 9, 1883 – November 9, 1942) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress. ... Hildegarde Withers is a fictional character created by Stuart Palmer who appeared in several films and novels. ...

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