Art critic Dale Kingston has a rich uncle with a pricey art collection. Obviously he has to kill him. He makes it look like a robbery, wraps the body in an electric blanket (it keeps it nice and warm) then gets a gullible girl to come round and fire a gun at a time when he has an alibi. Columbo appears at 13 minutes and 20 seconds and very obviously immediately knows whodunit. Maybe it’s Dale’s crushed velvet jacket. Columbo reacts excellently to a naked young lady posing for an artist. There’s a great little columboid in which Columbo forces Dale to reveal the Degas paintings taken during the fake robbery. Watch for the look on Columbo’s face when he takes his gloved hands from his pockets.
This is one of the best Columbo episodes I’ve ever seen. It contains the line- “When you take the ‘W’ off wart you are still left with art.” Classic.
In this episode we learn that Columbo’s father in law likes western films, he likes grapes and his wife enjoys shopping.
During this episode I really wished I was a cop. That badge opens a lot of doors.