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Prescription: Murder (1968)

A psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant.

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Richard Irving

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Richard Levinson (teleplay), William Link (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Lt. Columbo
Gene Barry ... Dr. Ray Flemming
Katherine Justice ... Joan Hudson
William Windom ... Burt Gordon
Nina Foch ... Carol Flemming
Virginia Gregg ... Miss Petrie
Andrea King ... Cynthia Gordon
Susanne Benton ... The Blonde
Ena Hartman Ena Hartman ... Nurse
Sherry Boucher ... Air Hostess
Anthony James ... Tommy
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Storyline

A psychiatrist who is married, is having an affair. His wife threatens to divorce him and take him to the cleaners if she ever catches him. So along with his mistress he plans to kill her and make it seem like she was killed by an intruder. He goes out of town as part of his plan and returns to find the police there investigating and the man investigating is Lt. Columbo. Columbo is a little odd and he asks the man some questions that he finds intrusive. Columbo continues to question him and the man's friend an ADA warns Columbo to watch his step. But Columbo goes on. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The perfect crime had one flaw. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prescription: Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Mexico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bing Crosby was also offered the role of Columbo, but didn't accept it because he felt that it would interfere with his golfing. See more »

Goofs

When Dr Flemming is strangling his wife, he is directly behind her, the top of her head at his eye level and her hair almost touching his face. But in the closeups of his face during the struggle she isn't in the shot. See more »

Quotes

Joan Hudson: I had to see you. When I'm alone, I don't know, I... I get confused.
Dr. Ray Flemming: Second thoughts?
Joan Hudson: A few.
Dr. Ray Flemming: It's a natural reaction, under the circumstances.
Joan Hudson: I keep wishin' there were some other way.
Dr. Ray Flemming: There isn't.
Joan Hudson: But, if you talked to her... if I talked to her...
Dr. Ray Flemming: Joan, don't be naive. We have one alternative. We decided that a long time ago.
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Crazy Credits

The beginning credits feature a series of brightly colored animated splotches. The splotches were meant to resemble the ink blots used in a Rorschach test, as the villain in this movie was a psychiatrist. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971) See more »

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"The pilot episode for the long running series stands as one of the best."
19 October 2003 | by jamesraeburn2003See all my reviews

A shabby detective called Columbo sets out to prove that a smooth talking doctor murdered his wife for his younger mistress.

The pilot episode for the long running series which began four years later. This probably stands as one of the best with good performances and a neat twist ending which many subsequent episodes lacked.

The film is based on Richard Levison & William Link's Broadway show which starred Thomas Mitchell as Columbo.

Prescription Murder has been released on video in the UK paired with the Dead Weight episode.


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