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In this film the character of Columbo and the formula of the series start to come into focus--the rumpled raincoat, the tousled hair, the deferential manner, the endless stories about his wife and family. The popularity of this movie led NBC to pick ''Columbo'' up as a regular series, starting in September of 1971, as part of the "wheel" series ''Series/TheNBCMysteryMovie''.

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Written by ''Columbo'' creators [[Creator/LevinsonAndLink Richard Levinson and William Link]]. In this film the character of Columbo and the formula of the series start to come into focus--the rumpled raincoat, the tousled hair, the deferential manner, the endless stories about his wife and family. The popularity of this movie led NBC to pick ''Columbo'' up as a regular series, starting in September of 1971, as part of the "wheel" series ''Series/TheNBCMysteryMovie''.


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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: This is what brings down Leslie. Being TheSociopath herself, it doesn't occur to her to question whether a man's daughter would actually be willing to forget about his murder in exchange for a payoff.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Much less present here than in ''Prescription: Murder''; this Columbo is a lot closer to the classic character. But the fancy camera work--zooms, match cuts, etc--are the mark of a TV movie with a higher budget.



* MatchCut: From Leslie throwing a tarp over her husband's corpse to Leslie closing the trunk of the car she dumped him into.

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* MatchCut: TheKenBurnsEffect: Seen a couple of times in the murder sequence as the camera zooms in on still frames of Paul.
* MatchCut:
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From Leslie throwing a tarp over her husband's corpse to Leslie closing the trunk of the car she dumped him into.into.
** Another showy camera cut matches Leslie's cold, hard eyes with the headlights of Paul's car.


Guest Starring: Lee Grant, John Fink, Harold Gould]

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Guest Starring: Lee Grant, John Fink, Harold Gould]
Gould, Patricia Mattick]



The FBI, called in for the federal crime of kidnapping, believes it. But one person doesn't: Lt. Columbo of the LAPD.

In this film the character of Columbo and the formula of the series start to come into focus. The popularity of this movie led NBC to pick ''Columbo'' up as a regular series, starting in September of 1971, as part of the "wheel" series ''Series/TheNBCMysteryMovie''.

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The FBI, called in for the federal crime of kidnapping, believes it. But one person doesn't: two people don't. One is Paul's daughter Margaret, who loathes her stepmother and soon figures out there was no kidnapping. The other: Lt. Columbo of the LAPD.

In this film the character of Columbo and the formula of the series start to come into focus.focus--the rumpled raincoat, the tousled hair, the deferential manner, the endless stories about his wife and family. The popularity of this movie led NBC to pick ''Columbo'' up as a regular series, starting in September of 1971, as part of the "wheel" series ''Series/TheNBCMysteryMovie''.

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* BrattyTeenagedDaughter: Margaret is sulky and hostile. And even thought she has every reason to be, somehow she's still annoying.

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* BrattyTeenagedDaughter: BrattyTeenageDaughter: Margaret is sulky and hostile. And even thought she has every reason to be, somehow she's still annoying.


* BrattyTeenagedDaughter: Margaret is sulky and hostile. And even thought she has every reason to be, somehow she's still annoying.



* ShoutOut: Margaret watches ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''--a movie about a clever insurance fraud murder scheme--on TV.

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* ShoutOut: Margaret watches ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''--a movie about a clever insurance fraud murder scheme--on woman who murders her husband and then strives to conceal the crime from her stepdaughter--on TV.

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* BatmanGambit: How Columbo catches Leslie. He works with Margaret to maneuver her into a spot where she thinks she can get Margaret out of her hair by buying her off. And since she isn't liquid at the moment, having had to raise money for the fake ransom, Leslie uses the ransom money for Margaret's BriefcaseFullOfMoney bribe. And the ransom money is in marked bills.

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* TheSociopath: Leslie is just one of many sociopathic murderers that Columbo has to deal with. As he tells her when explaining how she was caught, "You got no conscience."


In this film the character of Columbo and the formula of the series start to come into focus. The popularity of this movie led NBC to pick ''Columbo'' up as a regular series, starting in September of 1971.

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In this film the character of Columbo and the formula of the series start to come into focus. The popularity of this movie led NBC to pick ''Columbo'' up as a regular series, starting in September of 1971.
1971, as part of the "wheel" series ''Series/TheNBCMysteryMovie''.

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* QuoteMine: Leslie clips together different audio recordings to simulate a phone call from Paul telling Leslie that the kidnappers want $300,000.

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* PhoneyCall: Twice.
** Leslie has a friend call her to remind her about a tennis date. She keeps talking after the friend hangs up, and tells the people in the room that it's the kidnappers.
** Then she uses an audio recording of her husband she cobbled together from different tapes. She rigs up her fancy automated phone gizmo, which must have appeared [[{{Zeerust}} very advanced in 1971]], to call her when she's with the FBI agents, to make it seem as if Paul is still alive and delivering the ransom message.

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* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: Actually a leather bag full of money, the ransom money that is never collected because there are no kidnappers. It does eventually find its way into a briefcase, though, which is how Leslie is caught.


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* SocialClimber: Leslie married her husband for his money and also for his social standing to advance her career. When he was no longer useful to her she killed him.

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* ShoutOut: Margaret watches ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''--a movie about a clever insurance fraud murder scheme--on TV.

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