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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

Writers:

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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Details

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

The telephone cord was rapped neatly around the base of the phone at the front of it for most of the shots. When Joan goes to pick up the phone to call the cleaners, the cord is now partially across the dial on top of the phone. At 26:30 mark. Dr Fleming answers the phone immediately after choking his wife, and leaves the cord across the phone when he hangs up. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Columbo: Lieutenant Columbo.
Burt Gordon: My name's Gordon. I'm with the District Attorney's Office.
Lt. Columbo: Yes sir, I know.
Burt Gordon: I appreciate it. Anything you can do for Dr. Flemming, he's a good friend of mine.
Lt. Columbo: I'll try.
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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

Follows The Chevy Mystery Show: Enough Rope (1960) See more »

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Very fine television murder mystery which introduced Falk's Lt. Columbo
24 March 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A successful California psychiatrist plots the murder of his wife of ten years using his actress-girlfriend as a ruse; Lt. Columbo gets the case. Near-terrific yarn provided the introduction of Peter Falk in a role which soon became part of television legend. Writers William Link and Richard Levinson based their teleplay on an off-Broadway show of theirs, and they do not disappoint in this earliest incarnation of the wily, cigar-chomping lieutenant (Falk even says his famous line, "Oh, and just one more thing..."). The Universal production is smooth and spotless, the music score amusingly intense, and the performances couldn't be improved upon--particularly Gene Barry's as the too-cool, not-rumpled doctor. The only problems with Link and Levinson's script come late in the game, after Columbo gets uncharacteristically tough and mean with Barry's girlfriend and then plays a little dirty pool. The denouement is tricky and fun, if a bit unfair to the audience.


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