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Columbo: Prescription Murder (1967)





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Psychiatrist Ray Fleming is having a passionate affair with actress Joan Hudson, and uses her to help him murder his wife Carol, and to make it appear the work of a vandal. Fleming and Hudson pull off the murder and deception, but when Fleming returns from a vacation (which served as the prerequisite for the deception), he encounters a rumpled LAPD Lieutenant, Columbo, whose seeming bouts of attention-deficit disorder and meandering questioning mask a devilishly skilled investigator who soon recognizes the murder of Carol Fleming to be the work of her husband, but who must work diligently to find the proof needed. This is the first Columbo movie.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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The television movie that started it all for Peter Falk as Lt. Detective Columbo and none finer script than this one. Tough to find anything about it free on the internet. [img][/img] a far cry from the Columbo we later knew, short hair! SEE only the first TWO scenes in this short collection of clips that came from the film, the rest are from other films: A highly successful psychiatrist (Gene Barry) and the beautiful patient he is in love kill his wife and have it appear to be a robbery that resulted in murder...but police Lieutenant Columbo has his doubts. [img][/img] Gene Barry Features Gene Barry as the killer, a popular (though now sadly forgotten) movie star that made the transition to television. Barry would have been a pretty good James Bond as he had a suave and debonaire personality. Maybe he was approached for the role, don't know. [img][/img] The girl he killed for.... REVIEWS: 60% The crime thriller Prescription: Murder marks the debut of Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo. Adapted from a stage play a philandering psychiatrist attempts ... 100% One of the best pilots to a TV show ever! Peter Falk does a great job! It's fun to watch Columbo, it's like taking a sitcom character and moving him... [img][/img] Gene Barry is the smug, self assured psychiatrist in this one NOTES: 1 The writers say Columbo was not given a first name. [img][/img] The plot to murder his wife ensuses in this scene 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 Nurse Sherry Boucher Air Hostess Anthony James Tommy [img][/img] Directed by: Richard Irving Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes, not stereo (mono) Original air date: February 20, 1968 Network: NBC [img][/img]

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The crime thriller Prescription: Murder marks the debut of Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo. Adapted from a stage play a philandering psychiatrist attempts to get out of his marriage by committing the perfect murder, but to get away with it he'll have to get by a sly, soft-spoken homicide lieutenant named Columbo who suspects that he killed his wife. This is a very different portrayal of Columbo than what the character would become; he's much more menacing, cautious, and direct. The film is also overly focused on the details of committing the murder; which hurts the pacing and momentum. Prescription: Murder is an interesting entry in the Columbo series, it has the raw material but doesn't quite have the formula right.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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And enter Columbo. This TV Film is the first pilot for a brilliant TV Show "Columbo". Alto his part is rather small he still rules the scenes he is in. Featuring some great scenes and an interesting , thou clished story. Peter Falk is as usual brilliant and his co-star is also very good. Quite enjoyable.

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Matthew James

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