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Topic: "Just One More Thing.." - The COLUMBO Discussion Thread

Here is a thread specifically designed to discuss the TV detective inverted mystery series Columbo which ran from 1968 until 2003. Here we can discuss episodes, themes, characters, Lt. Columbo himself, Peter Falk etc. Really just any thing Columbo related! There are plenty of interesting James Bond connections with Columbo too.

I hope this turns into an interesting discussion thread - let's make it happen!.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Agreed, many actors from Bond have guested on Columbo.  ajb007/martini
I watched a documentary about some real detectives, who said
They did use the " Columbo" technique of throwing in one last
Question, after the suspect thinks the interview is over.  ajb007/lol
Although I've also read that most of Columbo's evidence wouldn't
Stand up in court. Still it's an entertainment show not a documentary.
  Also in my opinion most of the murderers have a certain sympathy
About them, but the fun is in the  interaction between the actors.
Watching people slowly lose their patience  with Columbo. ajb007/lol

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I like Columbo very much!

First of all, Peter Falk has gotten the role of his life - just like Connery.
Then it's very clever how Columbo approaches the murderer in always an amicable way - "always keen to learn" which is in my opinion a very good approach to people in general.

When they slowly lose patience with him, they are prone to let the mask fall though usually much earlier Columbo has smelled what's really going on.

And the people slowly losing their patience with Columbo reminds me a lot when I am reading TPs posts here ...  ajb007/mad

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Some of the murders were also brilliantly thought out. Along
With some of the tricks Columbo would used to catch them.
In The one with Dick van Dyke as a photographer at the end
Tricked into picking a camera ( he supposedly never seen before)
Was great fun.  ajb007/martini
By the way Higgins, why do you have a row of washing machines in
Your Signature ?  Have you bought a launderette ?  ajb007/lol

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Thanks for all of the great comments so far. Here is an interesting video that I found on You Tube about the atypical Columbo episode 'Last Salute to the Commodore':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byOo-q5oZXQ

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I remember that one, it's set up so you think you know who the killer is
Then comes the big twist.  ajb007/lol
I also learned the difference between a yacht and a yawl.   ajb007/lol
( might come in handy in a quiz  ajb007/wink  )

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Higgins wrote:

I like Columbo very much!

First of all, Peter Falk has gotten the role of his life - just like Connery.
Then it's very clever how Columbo approaches the murderer in always an amicable way - "always keen to learn" which is in my opinion a very good approach to people in general.

When they slowly lose patience with him, they are prone to let the mask fall though usually much earlier Columbo has smelled what's really going on.

And the people slowly losing their patience with Columbo reminds me a lot when I am reading TPs posts here ...  ajb007/mad

A classic show with an iconic portrayal by Peter Falk. I am particularly fond of the show because it's one of the few shows my wife enjoys as much as I do. Last Christmas I bought her the box set of the complete series (which includes made-for-television movies that were broadcast after the regular series ended), and we watch episodes together every now and then. It still holds up! ajb007/martini

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It's funny in the first pilot episode how clean cut Columbo was.  ajb007/lol
He didn't get crumpled until the second pilot.  ajb007/wink  also I think it was
Originally meant for a much older actor ?

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Also, not wanting to off topic but are there any views on another 70s show
Banacek ?
As A kid I used to be amazed at this show, always an impossible theft, which
George Peppard would solve. Things like a train carriage going missing even
Though the train never stopped.  ajb007/martini
Later another show did something similar " Blake's magic" and on UK TV
Jonathan Creek.
I've searched for DVDs of Banacek but they seem to be available only for
The American system. ajb007/crap
It ran for two series,like Columbo movie length episodes. A third was planned
But Peppard who was getting divorced at the  time didn't want to give his soon to
Be ex wife any thing extra so wouldn't do it.  ajb007/lol

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Also, not wanting to off topic but are there any views on another 70s show
Banacek ?
As A kid I used to be amazed at this show, always an impossible theft, which
George Peppard would solve. Things like a train carriage going missing even
Though the train never stopped.  ajb007/martini
Later another show did something similar " Blake's magic" and on UK TV
Jonathan Creek.
I've searched for DVDs of Banacek but they seem to be available only for
The American system. ajb007/crap
It ran for two series,like Columbo movie length episodes. A third was planned
But Peppard who was getting divorced at the  time didn't want to give his soon to
Be ex wife any thing extra so wouldn't do it.  ajb007/lol

That actually sounds very interesting, TP. I think that I ma\y have heard of that show before. And there may be a solution in buying yourself a Region Free DVD/Bluy Ray PLayer. I've been thinking of investing in one for some time as a lot of films/shows like this are only available in Region 1 and not Region 2. Just a suggestion you might find useful... ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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I prefer Kojak with our very own Telly Savalas  ajb007/martini

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AlphaOmegaSin wrote:

I prefer Kojak with our very own Telly Savalas  ajb007/martini

I have the first season of Kojak on DVD but I've not watched it yet,. I still think that Columbo is better though, but then I'm biased.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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The fact that Columbo lasted for so many seasons, shows how good it was. I also think
it holds (Or held) the record for being bought by more TV stations across the world.  ajb007/lol

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Indeed and for the record I also have all of Columbo on DVD and I'd love to do a blog review of each episode from 1 to 69 at some point. I think nit would be a neat idea to do this.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Don't forget Channel 5's love of constantly Broadcasting it  ajb007/lol

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AlphaOmegaSin wrote:

Don't forget Channel 5's love of constantly Broadcasting it  ajb007/lol

Yes, in past times I used to tape them off the TV - especially around the time I was at university - I found them a great way to unwind! I believe our TP never misses an episode. ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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ajb007/lol  yes, If he's on, I'll be watching.  ajb007/martini  also oddly, I don't know
If this is just me but........
When watching Bond, I identify with 007 ( obviously, he does everything I would do )  ajb007/lol
But with Colombo, I identify more with the murderer.  ajb007/lol  can't explain that.  ajb007/wink

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Thunderpussy wrote:

ajb007/lol  yes, If he's on, I'll be watching.  ajb007/martini  also oddly, I don't know
If this is just me but........
When watching Bond, I identify with 007 ( obviously, he does everything I would do )  ajb007/lol
But with Colombo, I identify more with the murderer.  ajb007/lol  can't explain that.  ajb007/wink

Yes, the inverted mystery can give lead to more sympathetic characterisation of the murderer. That psychological angle to the show is what makes it so uniquely different - with the mystery of who committed the crime being absent by its very nature there is more scope there for interesting characterisation and in a TV crime drama like Columbo that can only be a good thing.  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Yes the old chant of why do you watch it, you know who did it  ajb007/lol
It's the byplay of the characters, the little slips the murder makes
And the psychology of human interaction.
I love all murder mystery shows, trying to figure out who did it. From
The easy stuff like Murder she wrote or death in paradise. To the really
Complex cases of Miss Marple or Poirot.  ajb007/biggrin  and bit of boasting here
But I'm very good  ajb007/lol
Yet still I love Columbo, for the characterisation. As you point out SM
You learn more about the killer and their reason for killing, rather than
Ticking off clues in your head to announce " It's the Vicar,  with the lead
Pipe, in the kitchen"  ajb007/lol
Also Columbo because it was so well made ( it won several emmys) they
Got some great guest stars, several who didn't do a lot of TV shows .  ajb007/martini
I know it's not everyones cup of tea, but of a Sunday afternoon, feet up
Nice mug of tea and a few chocy bickies,  it's Bliss.  ajb007/cheers
( bloody hell, I'm getting old )  ajb007/lol

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MSW and DM are rather good as well  ajb007/martini Even if the Latter got a bit silly near the End.

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ajb007/lol Midsomer Murders is also a favourite of mine as they tend
To think up some very unusual deaths for the victims.  ajb007/lol
From a Bride shot on her wedding day, a guy drowned in his
Car with concrete.  ajb007/lol  pretend Murder can be such fun.  ajb007/wink
I'm also building up a set of techniques, should the present
Mrs TP,  displease me !   ajb007/wink   ajb007/lol

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This Wikipedia article on the Inverted mystery form (of which Columbo is an example, a very few exceptions to the rule aside) is very interesting and informative:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverted_detective_story

I see that Luther is mentioned as an inverted mystery crime drama and was partly inspired by both Sherlock Holmes and Columbo. I really must rip open that boxset I bought a while back! Perhaps some members here have seen and can recommend it to me?  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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The only Crime Drama's that I have really sat down and watched through are CSI:Miami and CSI:New York.

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Have you tried Brooklyn Nine-Nine ?  ajb007/lol

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AlphaOmegaSin wrote:

I prefer Kojak with our very own Telly Savalas  ajb007/martini

I'm with you. I love Columbo, but Kojak is the man! I own every episode on DVD, and I have such fond memories of that show. Savalas's performance, plus the fact that it took place in New York, my hometown, makes it a sentimental favorite of mine. And there's the bonus that it stars the very best of the Blofelds! ajb007/bond

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