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What I liked the most was to see a few personalities that featured in Bond films. Amazing.
-Dale Kingston "exercising" with the box.
-"Sorry, you can't go in there." (walks backwards)
-"Get started with the fingering."
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Book Review: Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV’s Rumpled Detective
I figure this might be slightly amusing:
Obviously a parody of this classic Henry Mancini-scored title sequence:
And as usual, an aged version:
Some notes on the poster:
It was a lot of fun to incorporate a number of visual motifs from the episode into the poster, such as the SAFE and DANGER labels from the guillotine collar, the symbols on the Zener cards used for extrasensory perception experiments, and of course, the guillotine itself.
This is the first poster I've made for a Columbo episode belonging to the second era of the show. For the title text, I used the typeface typically seen in this second run of episodes.
I meant to update the thread a while ago with the news that columbophile is bringing out a book of the classic 1968-78 Columbo episodes later on this month:
Thank you, @Dragonpol. I can see this Columbo poster hobby becoming a lifelong project. One poster for each episode.
I've edited my above post to add some notes on the poster.
I had read about the Columbophile book myself. Great to see that the blog has gained enough traction for that, not to mention it's great to have a place that brings Columbo fans together.
My pleasure, @mattjoes. I'm glad to hear that you plan to do more. They are always excellent. I love the little motifs you've taken from the episode. In Columbo Goes to the Guillotine, Anthony Andrews gives a great performance as fraudulent psychic medium Elliott Blake and it is a nice example of the classic locked room mystery in Columbo, one of the few in the series (Forgotten Lady would be another example). I always think that the ending is a bit hard to swallow with Columbo taking a monumental risk that Blake would act in a certain way.
Yes, it's great news that Columbophile has this book coming out so all his reviews of the classic Columbo episodes are available in one place now in book form. I've read there will be some added extras as well as some great villain caricatures for each episode. Will definitely be picking up a copy come the publication date of 20 September.
Interesting observation about the locked room mystery, I hadn't thought about that.
I agree about the ending, but I forgive it because I think it would have been so easy to fix-- it's not a structural problem with the whole script, if you know what I mean.
"I have to admit I was very cynical, Mr. Blake. The labels say safe and danger, but the truth is both sides of the collar are safe. I had this special collar made." There, fixed.
Turns out today is Peter Falk's birthday. He would've been 95. This might be a nice tribute-- I think this is probably my favorite of my own Columbo posters.
I was thinking the episode Double Exposure thematically would make a great poster.
...Opening Night, in which he appears for about six seconds! :))
I may watch THE CHEAP DETECTIVE tonight. Great spoof of Bogart films with Falk.
I have yet to see that one. I liked Murder by Death well enough, but it didn't really wow me. I have a feeling Cheap Detective might be better.
Been ages since I've seen MURDER BY DEATH.
THE CHEAP DETECTIVE specifically spoofs Bogie. Tons of in jokes. For those that may not know the Bogart films (like most of us on here know the Bonds), many of the jokes may seem vague.
I thought the trailer was really funny.
Here's what I've watched:
-The Great Race
-Griffin and Phoenix
-Murder by Death
-Happy New Year
What I want to watch:
-It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (I've already seen his participation in it though)
-A Woman Under the Influence
-Mikey and Nicky
-The Cheap Detective
-The Brink's Job
-The Princess Bride
-and maybe The In-Laws
I can really recommend the Wim Wenders film Der Himmel Uber Berlin from 1987.
“Serpentine, Shell, serpentine”. Lol. Or when he talks Chinese with James Hong. That scene had me in stitches!!!
I forgot about this one. I also want to watch it.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Robin and the 7 Hoods
The Great Race
Murder by Death
The Princess Bride
As for Mrs. Columbo, Kate Mulgrew, the only movie of hers I saw was Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, a movie with a few Bond connections.
For someone who's seen every Columbo episode multiple times I've seen very few Peter Falk films. I remember seeing him in a comedy film where he played an old mob boss who was in hospital but that's about it. I also saw him as the preacher in the TV adaptation of Conan Doyle's The Lost World. So only really stuff from later in his career. I'd like to see the films he made with John Cassavetes and Murder Inc. for his Oscar-nominated performance there.
Wasn't he also in In Cold Blood with Robert Blake? That was a good film but I may be misremembering him.
No, he's not in it. Scott Wilson is in it, maybe you're thinking of him.