Columbo (1971–2003)
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A wealthy art collector is murdered, and all signs point to a robbery gone wrong. But the nephew's alibi is a little too convenient, and Columbo pulls a fast one to ferret out the killer.

Director:

Hy Averback

Writers:

Jackson Gillis, Richard Levinson (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Ross Martin ... Dale Kingston
Don Ameche ... Frank Simpson
Kim Hunter ... Edna Matthews
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Tracy O'Connor
Joan Shawlee ... Mitilda
Barney Phillips ... Captain Wyler
Mary Wickes ... Landlady
Vic Tayback ... Sam Franklin
Sandra Gould ... Matron
Curt Conway Curt Conway ... Evans
Claude Johnson Claude Johnson ... Policeman
Dennis Rucker Dennis Rucker ... Parking Boy (Joe)
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Storyline

Lt. Columbo investigates the murder of Rudy Matthews, an art collector found shot to death in his home. The killer is the dead man's nephew, art critic Dale Kingston, who, with the help of his accomplice Tracy O'Connor, effectively masks the time of death to give himself an alibi at an art exhibit. From the outset, Columbo can't quite understand why the thief would have first selected a painting of lesser value before suddenly switching to the two most valuable paintings after the killing. Kingston tries to point Columbo in the direction of his aunt, Matthews' ex-wife Edna. The fact that Matthews left his entire art collection to her seems to support that idea. Columbo isn't buying it and sets a clever trap for him. Written by garykmcd / corrected by statmanjeff

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mord in Pastell See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The night time exterior shot of the apartment of the art critic Dale Kingston visited by Columbo was 882 N.Doheny where Marilyn Monroe lived twice in 1953 and 1961. See more »

Goofs

When the victim is shot dead by his nephew (Ross Martin) while playing a piano, he falls to the floor without making a sound and when the nephew runs past him to the stairs, he is facedown behind the piano bench with his face resting directly on his right wrist. Soon after, when the body is discovered by a security guard, his face is turned to the right with his left temple pressing against his right wrist. See more »

Quotes

[Dale Kingston's confederate recoils at the sight of the body of Dale's uncle]
Dale Kingston: Pull yourself together. There's no reason to be frightened. Just my uncle. I assure you he's far more amiable now than he ever was when he was alive.
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Soundtracks

Promenade
from Pictures at an Exhibition
by Modest Mussorgsky
Heard during the cocktail party sequence in the art gallery
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The Best Columbo Ending of All Time
5 July 2007 | by CoolComix2See all my reviews

Seeing Ross Martin duel with Columbo is a treat. Whereas his best-known character, Artemis Gordon from "The Wild Wild West," was laid-back and mischievous, his portrayal of art critic Dale Kingston embodies the worst traits of a professional critic: cold, calculating, and arrogant. He makes the perfect antagonist for the rumpled detective. Kingston appears to cover all his bases, manipulating everyone (but Columbo) for his own ends, whether through seduction, simpering, or browbeating. For awhile, he even stymies the great detective. But in the end, he is shocked to discover that Columbo has been one step ahead of him, besting the art critic with what has to be the most unexpected piece of evidence in a surprise ending! I never tire of watching this episode!


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