Columbo (1971–2003)
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Blueprint for Murder 

Elliot Markham, a brilliant architect and con-man, murders a Texas millionaire and hides his body in order to keep his visionary construction project financed.


Peter Falk


Steven Bochco (teleplay by), William Kelley (story by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Patrick O'Neal ... Elliot Markham
Janis Paige ... Goldie Williamson
Pamela Austin ... Jennifer Williamson
John Fiedler ... Doctor
Forrest Tucker ... Bo Williamson
Bettye Ackerman ... Miss Sherman
John Finnegan ... Carl
Nick Dennis ... Guard
Robert Gibbons Robert Gibbons ... Clerk
Cliff Carnell ... Officer Wilson
Jimmy Joyce Jimmy Joyce ... Workman


Millionaire Bo Williamson returns from two months in Europe and finds an unpleasant surprise: his second wife, Jennifer, has financed a new town construction project. Incensed, Bo confronts Elliot Markham, the architect with the original idea. Shortly thereafter, Bo disappears again, and it looks as if he's off on another European trip, but his first wife, Goldie, doesn't think so and - despite the lack of a body - gets Lt. Columbo to look into it for her. It doesn't take the detective long to sense something is indeed amiss, but where's the corpse? Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

9 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Denkmal für die Ewigkeit See more »

Filming Locations:

Hidden Valley, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bettye Ackerman, who plays the secretary, Miss Sherman, in real life was married to Sam Jaffe, who would play the victim in Season 5's first episode, Forgotten Lady starring Janet Leigh. See more »


Columbo said he observed Williams car radio being set at 52. The lowest number setting for a broadcast radio setting is 53, or 530 in contemporary terminology. See more »


Columbo: Uh, the point is this, Mrs. Williamson...
Goldie Williamson: My friends call me Goldie, and since I'm standing here practically naked with you, you better be my friend.
Columbo: Would you mind repeating that last sentence? I don't think I quite understood.
Goldie Williamson: I said, since I'm standing here practically naked with you, you better be my friend - and my friends call me Goldie.
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Country vs. Classical
21 June 2016 | by stones78See all my reviews

I would have to say the best moments for me, although too short, are the tense scenes between Forrest Tucker, Patrick O'Neal, as both give great performances. The other familiar faces include Janis Paige, Bettye Ackerman, and John Fiedler; I found Pamela Austin slightly annoying as the "child bride". No need to go through the plot, as you probably read it, or know it, by now. Peter Falk did a commendable job as the director of this episode, as it's not the usual murder taking place in a big mansion; rather, mostly everything revolves around a construction site, namely "Willamson City". We also get some nice scenes on a ranch, an impressive office, a university classroom, and real construction workers doing their trade. As fine as this episode was, I'm not so sure Columbo could've gotten quick approval to dig up a massive pile of concrete, which occurs here. Other than that small tidbit, this is a mighty fine story.

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