Columbo, Confused, Sloppy, Dotty – That Was His M.O.

 

Columbo was the epitome of the 60’s version of the hard boiled detective.  He was shrewd and had a mind like an ipod tune selector, yet he camouflaged his skills in a aura of interruptions mistakes and apparent bungling.

He usually arrived on the crime scene late asking for a cup a’ joe, then proceeded to ask the most basic of questions always noticing what others had not.  One of his favorite traits was to say goodbye to the suspect, then turn up five minutes later to ask a forgotten question.

He was a walking detective koan, filled with mystery that covered a well of deeper meaning.

Police Lieutenant Columbo!


Peter Falk as Lt. Columbo
Format Television movie
Mystery
Police procedural
Created by Richard Levinson
William Link
Starring Peter Falk
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 69 (List of episodes)
Production
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 x 73 minutes
39 x 98 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Film
Audio format Monaural
Stereophonic Sound
Original run February 20, 1968 – January 30, 2003 Image from Wikipedia

Columbo is an American crime fiction TV series, starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. From Wikipedia

 Columbo’s car

Lt. Columbo’s battered car is a 1959 Peugeot 403 Cabriolet convertible, which Falk selected personally, after seeing it in a parking lot at Universal Studios.[5] When Columbo boasts that it’s a rare automobile, he isn’t kidding: from June 1956 to July 1961 only 2,050 were produced,[6] and only 504 were produced for model year 1959.[7] In the episode “Identity Crisis”, Columbo tells the murderer that his is one of only three in the country.

Columbo damages the car at least four times: in Make Me a Perfect Murder when he t-bones one police car and is hit from behind by another while trying to repair his rear view mirror; in A Matter of Honor when he rear-ends another car; in Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health when it takes him three tries to crash into the killer’s car; and in Old Fashioned Murder when he crashes into the back of a police car as he arrives at the murder scene. He also has many other problems with the car.[8]        FROM WIKIPEDIA

 

Columbo’s Raincoat, From  www.columbo-site.freeuk.com

(an in-depth discussion appears on this site and it is hilarious!)

“Every once in a while I think about gettin a new coat, but there’s no
rush on that.  There’s still plenty of wear in this fella!” Candidate For Crime
     
Columbo is almost inseparable from his raincoat. We think of the raincoat as a part of Columbo himself. The raincoat almost seems to lend Columbo a sort of mystical power.

When he is forced to replace it in Now You See Him Columbo finds, to his great
frustration, that without his old raincoat, he cannot even think. Without that coat,
he is like Samson with a bad haircut.

In our mind’s eye, the immediate image is that the coat is  tattered, wrinkled and
stained, scarred with the long years of battle and too many bowls of chili.

What we tend to forget, is that when we first meet Columbo, the coat is quite
new (…cheesy-looking, but new).  And that we have watched this remarkable garment   evolve over the years. And so over the decades of episodes,  we  watch Peter Falk grow more comfortable and familiar in the role of Columbo, just as we watch Columbo himself grow more comfortable and familiar in the battered old raincoat. 

Columbo’s raincoat is more than clothing.  It is more than a symbol of his humble, eccentric image.

Columbo’s raincoat is an old friend.

Bye,  ” As he swept up the flour on the floor that he had spilt in the dark, five pairs of leather shoes surrounded him.”

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