Category: Columbo


In part 2,
of our analysis of “A Trace of Murder”, we go over the planning, execution, before Columbo’s entrance.  Co-conspirators Cathleen and Patrick hatch a plan to get Clifford Calvert out of the way so his wife can spend all his money.  In ABC style, there is still storytelling left before Lt. Columbo appears.

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Caution: Too much exercise may be hazardous to your health.
We compare two Columbo episodes that makes health and exercise machines important plot devices. Produced two seasons apart, they may appear completely different styles.  Let’s take a close look.  It’s the second season episode, “Double Shock” versus “An Exercise in Fatality” from season four.

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15720 Ventura Blvd,
is the location of the Milo Janus health spa at Chatsworth.  At least on the season 4 Columbo episode, “An Exercise in Fatality”.  According to the episode, it comes with an outdoor swimming pool.  It is located in Encino.

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Children,
uncommon but not entirely unseen in Columbo mysteries.  We dedicate this article to the kids.  For the purpose of the article we choose only those under eighteen and contribute at least the slightest of significance to the story and the mystery.  Yes, even the tuba one.

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“Death Lends a Hand”,
where Lt. Columbo looks for a left-handed man.  This episode was Robert Culp’s first appearance in Columbo.  Culp plays an ex-police officer, who could have made captain, living a better life as an investigator.  He deals in information, secrets, and blackmail.  When a scheme to get an informant into the home of a powerful newspaper kingpin goes south, Lt. Columbo comes along to put him away.

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