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bobbie22 | 00:00 Mon 22nd Feb 2021 | Media & TV
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I have been watching an episode of Columbo. It’s the one starring Gene Barry. I think it was the first one, made . It’s hard to believe it’s over 50 years ago.. I like Columbo, and I have seen them all


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Next Sunday on 5USA:

0900 Columbo : A Stitch in Crime

1035 Columbo : Murder, Smoke and Shadows

1225 Columbo : Prescription Murder

1430 Columbo : Murder in Malibu

1625 Columbo : Murder Under Glass

1800 Columbo : The Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case

1925 Columbo : Dead Weight

2100 Columbo : Dagger of the Mind

Get the popcorn in ;-)

The writers suggested Lee J. Cobb and Bing Crosby for the role of Columbo, but Cobb was unavailable and Crosby turned it down because he felt it would take too much time away from the golf links

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I think they chose the right guy for the part
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Thank you buenchico
Lee J Cobb was brilliant in Twelve angry men but I can't see him as Columbo, he's too intense. I would have expected Bing Crosby to break out in a song every five minutes.
Peter Falk played a great part in the move "Murder By Death". Look at the cast:
Murder by Death is a 1976 American comedy mystery film directed by Robert Moore and written by Neil Simon. The film stars Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, and Estelle Winwood.[3][4]

The plot is a broad parody or spoof of the traditional country-house whodunit, familiar to mystery fiction fans of classics such as Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. The cast is an ensemble of British and American actors playing send-ups of well-known fictional sleuths, including Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Charlie Chan, Nick and Nora Charles, and Sam Spade. It also features a rare acting performance by author Truman Capote.

The film was presented at the Venice International Film Festival on September
Some famous names there, many of whom have passed on. I have never seen the film but will definitely look out for it.
Murder by Death, one of my favourite films, perfect casting.
JD, here's a short clip:
Given that 12 Angry men has been mentioned .

The first time I saw this film , i happened upon it by chance .
I was Chanel surfing and thought i would watch a few minutes to see what it was all about .

Well, it drew me in and would not let go .
A few minutes became a few more minutes and a few more minutes became a few more minutes and ....

I love the final shot , with the close up of Henry Fonda standing at the entrance to the building and the camera slowly panning out to show more and more of the building and then the immediate surroundings and then showing a wider and wider view ,panning out with a shot of the city ; reminding the viewer that while they and the cast has been shut the jury room without outside distraction , deliberating on the future if the accused ; the business and life in the city has been continuing in the meantime .

Brilliant film

Any other tv show with the same format as Columbo ie the viewer sees the crime committed and by whom then our hero brilliantly solves the case.
Yes there is 'Banacek' starring George Peppard as Insurance Investigator Thomas Banacek. It only ran for two series 1972-1974
who would have thought that Bing Crosby was the original choice for the part of Columbo?
They are all highly watchable IMV but I particularly like "A Friend in Need" where the police commissioner murders his wife.
And Perter Falk's real wife Shera Danese appears in several episodes. Never the killer but once a conspirator.
'Just One More Thing'.....if you're a fan of Peter Falk and not just Columbo may I strongly recommend this book. It's hugely entertaining, fuuny and informative. I bought a copy a few years ago and have re-read since. User Recommendation

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