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The special treat in Columbo is seeing the face-off between a sure-of-his-own-superiority killer and the deceptively diffident deducer in the cruddy raincoat. The formula could become too predictable.
It was a very bad story. Badly written around a bad plot, badly directed and badly acted.
As for Falk, he brings the character of Columbo to life right from the start. His portrayal will unquestionably be one the best of the new season. A big plus, too, was Henry Mancini's theme music.
Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo, the slob detective who never takes off his raincoat, even when he's making an omelet for a beautiful and distraught widow whom he's questioning, is a pure delight.
A winner, with a fine murderous performance by Jack Cassidy. The only bothersome thing about these "Mystery Movie" offerings is that they show the viewer too much too soon taking a lot of the mystery out of it.
Falk's police Lt. Columbo is priceless characterization. From hunched shoulders to mis-buttoned suit coat, Falk is a deceptive picture of plodding mediocrity.
Falk portrays a cagey police detective whose pedestrian manner and dress conceal his animal shrewdness, and he is very, very good in a well-thought-out and well-written characterization.
Columbo, the shabbiest cop on film, is sharp as a razor behind his dumb puss. His "Mystery Movie" stories are intricately constructed.
The Wednesday newcomers include the "NBC Mystery Movie," on which a trio of 90-minute TV movies alternate. Falk's "Columbo" proved promising.
Any mystery fan could see the inevitable and the killer's fatal flaw was revealed early. Still, Falk's quiet appearances and some disquieting close-ups kept reviving the undercurrent of tension.
As Columbo, Peter Falk pretends to be a clod of a cop when, of course, he isn't. This is an interesting departure. But his unrelenting mumble becomes, after a time, an imposition on the viewer.
Audience Reviews for Columbo: Season 1
Mar 08, 2019Best show of all time!