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Murder by the Book
Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971)
Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate September 15, 1971
Written by Steven Bochco
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Richard Levinson &
William Link
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Murder by the Book is the first episode of the first season of Columbo, and the third episode overall.

Starring: Peter Falk (Lt. Columbo)

Guest Stars: Jack Cassidy (Ken Franklin), Rosemary Forsyth (Joanna Ferris)

Special Guest Star: Martin Milner (Jim Ferris)

Co-Starring: Barbara Colby (Lilly La Sanka)

with Lynnette Mettey (Gloria Jr.), Bernie Kuby (Mike Tucker), Hoke Howell (Sergeant), Marcia Wallace (Woman), Haven Earle Haley (2nd Reporter)


Plot Overview

A mystery writer kills his partner, the guy who really did all the writing for which the author took the credit.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

The pair of mystery writers in this episode are loosely based on Frederick Dannay and William Lee, who wrote under the famous pseudonym of Ellery Queen.

Memorable Moments