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  • The big reveal is absolutely priceless and is one of the best ever of the years of Columbo episodes

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      Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo was a real shocker when it came out in 1991. I remember reading the buzz about it. Would they really kill off Columbo’s unseen but much loved wife? The made for TV movie actually starts with Mrs. Columbo’s funeral. There he is, looking all sad, and some women does a voice over that leads into the story.

      It’s a first; the first two-thirds of Columbo is a flashback. Actually, the way it was set up is that every time the show returned from commercial, there would be a scene of the funeral and then the voice over that led to more flashback.

      Helen Shaver stars as the powerful and seductive Vivian Dimitri. who is a real estate agent working for Charlie Chambers (Ed Winter).


      • However, she’s also has some problems, which we learn about courtesy of a phone call from her doctor and the way she looks at a picture frame of her with some man. The term ‘unbalanced’ quickly comes to mind from the direction and music used to underscore this scene.

        On the negative is the obvious fake driving early on. I just hate the blue screen effect when

        it’s so obvious, and when Vivian is driving, no matter what angle they show, it’s ridiculously fake. It drives me nuts.

        The big reveal is absolutely priceless and is one of the best ever of the years of Columbo episodes. It’s a wonderful show that was worth all the hype it received back then. The very last moments were joyous. This one is a must see Columbo.




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