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  • Her hair and wardrobe definitely tells her story

    • by Orrymain

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      Columbo: Old Fashioned Murder guest stars Joyce Van Patten as museum curator, Ruth Lytton. It could be said that the museum was her life. Her sister is played by Celeste Holm, who this time around portrays her role with an old vulnerability. Jeannie Berlin guest stars as Janie Brandt, which is Holm’s daughter. The murder victim in

      this episode is Tim O’Connor as the brother of the two women.

      Here are a few thoughts, pro and con, about this episode:

      –The detectives who report to Columbo in his first scene are so stiff and wooden in their deliveries; it’s pretty bad acting. I don’t know if they were directed to be so droll, but it made me yawn.

      –Columbo runs ...

      • into a police car, literally. When he apologizes to the policeman, the cop replies to the effect, “It’s okay, Sir; you’ve got the dent.” I love that line.

        –Everything about Ruth is supposed to be old fashioned, and they did a really good job with that. Her hair and wardrobe definitely tells her story. It’s very observable that

        she wasn’t really living in the modern world.

        –It’s all a bit psychotic, especially Ruth’s insistence at the end about having Columbo tell Janie that he’d lied and that Ruth hadn’t killed her father. Janie’s right there, and any intelligence on her part at all would point to the truth.

        This is an okay show, but it doesn’t really ignite any real spark or interest.

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