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Columbo

Columbo (1971)

27 mistakes

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Ransom for a Dead Man - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: When Columbo is eating his chili in the booth at the diner, whilst talking to the daughter of the murderer, his bowl of chili moves. It is right in front of him at one point but is then away from him. And it now contains less food.

Forgotten Lady - S5-E1

Continuity mistake: When Raymond brings the doctor his milk and pill, the tray with the milk and pill are already on the bedside table.

Lovely But Lethal - S3-E1

Continuity mistake: Viveca's beauty mark switches cheeks several times between shots while she talks to her assistant.

Murder in Malibu - S9-E6

Continuity mistake: At the end, when Columbo is demonstrating on the mannequin, his cigar changes position between shots.

A Deadly State of Mind - S4-E6

New this month Plot hole: (Spoiler) Mrs. Donner screams in fright just as she jumps to her death from her balcony. This seems unreasonable since she believes herself to be going for a swim (under post-hypnotic suggestion) The scream is heard by a later witness to help establish time of death. If she suddenly realized the deadliness of her act, why would she continue with it?

The Most Crucial Game - S2-E3

Factual error: In the middle of summer in southern California, water spread thinly on an outdoor ceramic surface would start evaporating immediately and would be gone in about fifteen minutes. The surrounds of the pool would be bone dry by the time Columbo arrived at the scene, nearly an hour after the murderer sprayed the water there.

The Most Crucial Game - S2-E3

Factual error: Probably an in joke - the wheels of the "airliner" shown landing at LA international airport are those of a B52 bomber. They are very distinctive and look nothing like those on any airliner ever made.

Troubled Waters - S4-E4

Factual error: In common with a number of characters in a numerous episodes, Columbo hopelessly contaminates crucial evidence - at the end of the episode he handles the surgical gloves used by the killer with bare hands.

Suitable for Framing - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: Colombo is talking to Mr. Kingston in the building entry after the reading of the will. A girl with red and white striped sleeves walks out of the building. A minute later she walks out of the building again.

Double Exposure - S3-E4

Continuity mistake: Just before the end we see a slide of Columbo looking at the lamp, but in the next shot of Columbo the slide is reversed.

Suitable for Framing - S1-E5

Character mistake: Art expert Dale Kingston describes Goya as 'the penultimate artist'. "Penultimate" has nothing to do with greatness or artistry, it means second to last. In this context the word is completely meaningless.

Undercover - S12-E3

Continuity mistake: Columbo ushers Krutch and Susan into an office for questioning. When he closes the door, the venetian blinds on it change from straight to misaligned and back again between shots.

Publish or Perish - S3-E5

Character mistake: Riley pays hired killer Eddie off with a wad of bills which he says totals a thousand dollars. But just the top note in the cash roll he hands Eddie is a $1000 bill - so obviously, it's more than a thousand dollars.

Death Lends a Hand - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: During his lunch with Brimmer, Columbo's wine and water glasses switch places several times.

A Friend in Deed - S3-E8

Revealing mistake: In the opening scenes, it's pretty clear that the "corpse" in the bright red dress is breathing.

√Čtude in Black - S2-E1

Continuity mistake: When Columbo questions her about the carnations, Janice Benedict's sweater is either off her shoulders or covering them completely, depending on the shot.

Blueprint for Murder - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: When Columbo confronts Markham in the lecture hall and helps him erase the chalk board, most of the word "architecture" remains, visible over Columbo's shoulder. In the next shot, it disappears.

Short Fuse - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: When Buckner's car leaves the chemical plant, it's a stretch limo with three bench seats. When it explodes on the mountain road a few scenes later, it's only a two-seat limo. (Buckner, who was initially in the distant rear seat, is suddenly close enough to reach up and take the cigar box the chauffeur hands him from the front seat. The entire middle section of the limo has disappeared.)

Murder by the Book - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: The witness dunks the strawberry in the white sauce while talking. We cut to a view in front of her, and the dialog continues but suddenly the strawberry is half-eaten. When did she take that bite?

Any Old Port in a Storm - S3-E2

Audio problem: Pay phones always dropped your coin into an internal cash box when you finished your call. In the bar, Columbo makes two calls, and after the first, we hear the coin drop as it should. When he finishes the second call, we should hear that coin fall, too, but it doesn't.

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Trivia

Columbo's first name is revealed when Columbo shows his badge at the door, freeze the picture. A little more light and a little turn - and you can read the signature: Frank Columbo.

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