Columbo and Art Theft
"Suitable for Framing"
Brief Review by Travis Simpkins
Lieutenant Columbo, played by Peter Falk, ranks amongst the best TV detectives of all time. His unique methodology, deliberately calm and understated until the clever reveal, is always shrewd and admirable. In "Suitable for Framing," his sometimes-clumsy, savant style of crime solving was pointed at a murder case centered around the art theft of two pastels by Edgar Degas. Directed by Hy Averback, the episode was part of the first season of Columbo, and was debuted on November 17, 1971. The story concerns an art critic, who murders his rich uncle for his valuable art collection, and frames the man's ex-wife for the crime. Columbo, as always, gets to the bottom of things and retrieves the art. Peter Falk is superb as Lieutenant Columbo. The supporting cast is good as well, including Don Ameche and Ross Martin.
Columbo: "Suitable for Framing"