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The Shabby Detective: Yet Another Columbo Podcast

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Podcasters Chris Stachiw (The Kulturecast) and Mike White (The Projection Booth) look at the enduring character of Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) and his creators.
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Corky Romano

Corky Romano

2024-05-1701:20:40

Chris Stachiw and Mike White are taking a break between the third and fourth seasons of The Shabby Detective: Yet Another Columbo Podcast and discussing one of Peter Falk's later roles as the patriach of the Romano family which includes Paulie (Peter Berg) and Peter (Chris Penn) along with black sheep Corky (Chris Kattan).We discuss Kattan's career, the panning of Corky Romano, and the Happy Madison universe.
A Friend in Deed

A Friend in Deed

2024-04-2954:52

We wrap up the third season of Columbo with a solid episode wherein Columbo (Peter Falk) is put on the case of a pair of murders including the death of police commissioner (Richard Kiley)'s wife. Written by Peter S. Fischer, the episode was directed by Falk's friend Ben Gazzara.
Swan Song

Swan Song

2024-03-1857:57

Chris and Mike discuss the Columbo episode where Peter Falk was in danger of being overshadowed by his co-star when Johnny Cash stars as a gospel singer who's under the thumb of Ida Lupino as she's lording over him being prosecuted under the Mann Act.
Mind Over Mayhem

Mind Over Mayhem

2024-02-2645:03

Mike and Chris look at Mind Over Mayhem, the 6th episode of the 3rd season wherein Lt. Columbo is faced with a puzzling murder that takes place on the campus of a think tank where the lead scientist, Jose Ferrer, wants to protect his son from an accusation of plagiarism.
Publish or Perish

Publish or Perish

2024-01-2248:14

Jack Cassidy is back to square off against Lt. Columbo. He's gone from author to publisher in "Publish or Perish" where he knocks off the prize author (Mickey Spillane) who is about to move to his rival's publishing house. The twist this time is that Cassidy is setting himself up as the murder as well as providing himself with an air-tight alibi courtesy of a mad bomber.
Double Exposure

Double Exposure

2024-01-1944:56

Robert Culp is back for his third time in the villain position as Dr. Bart Kepple, a big shot media consultant who uses subliminal images to murder one of his clients as well as his projectionist Chuck McCann ("The Far Out Space Nuts") in a solid turn from Stephen J. Cannell.
Candidate for Crime

Candidate for Crime

2023-12-1838:08

Writer Richard Hatem joins Chris and Mike to discuss the political thriller Columbo episode "Candidate for Crime" in which Jackie Cooper murders his campaign manager in order to protect himself and his affair.
Any Old Port in a Storm

Any Old Port in a Storm

2023-11-3001:29:28

A contender for one of the best episodes of Columbo ever made, Any Old Port in a Storm pits Lt. Columbo against winemaker Adrian Carsini who has murdered his own brother in order to keep control of the family vineyard. Donald Pleasence turns in a powerhouse performance while Peter Falk is in top form. This episode also features an archival interview with story-writer Larry Cohen.
Lovely But Lethal

Lovely But Lethal

2023-10-2046:35

We begin our third season with the murder of a cosmetics genius (Martin Sheen) by his treacherous boss (Vera Miles). Also along for the ride is a under-used Vincent Price.
Like Peter Falk, we're taking a break between seasons. Chris and Mike talk about John Cassavetes's A Woman Under the Influence (1974), a harrowing look at mental illness, marriage, and gender.
Double Shock

Double Shock

2023-08-2232:21

We conclude the second season of Columbo with a double dose of Martin Landau as he plays twins Dexter and Norman Paris; a playboy TV chef and stuffed shirt with a gambling problem. Have they murdered their uncle before he can marry Julie Newmar? Why couldn't they have done away with their uncle's annoying housekeeper (Jeanette Nolan) instead?
Lt. Columbo enters the thrilling world of competitive chess in The Most Dangerous Game where he faces off with the conceited champion Emmett Clayton (Lawrence Harvey), one of his best rivals.
A Stitch in Crime

A Stitch in Crime

2023-06-1644:41

Lt. Columbo faces one of his deadliest foes, Dr. Barry Mayfield (Leonard Nimoy), a hotshot surgeon whose payday is being put off by his mentor Dr. Edmund Hidemann (Will Geer). When Mayfield performs heart surgery on Hidemann, he uses some bum suture which leaves a ticking timebomb in his chest...Artwork by parmaali02 from DeviantArt
Requiem for a Fallen Star

Requiem for a Fallen Star

2023-05-2201:10:43

On the latest episode of The Shabby Detective, Mike and Chris discuss the fifth episode of the second season, Requiem for a Fallen Star wherein a seasoned actress, Nora Chandler (Anne Baxter), may have murdered the wrong person... or persons.This episode includes an interview with The Columbophile, a major fan of Columbo who has written The Columbo Companion, 1968-78: Investigating Every Detail of All 45 'Classic Era' Columbo Adventures, which is available here: https://amzn.to/45me5xG
Dagger of the Mind

Dagger of the Mind

2023-04-2843:38

On this episode of The Shabby Detective, Columbo goes to England in "Dagger of the Mind," the fourth episode of second season. He goes up against Honor Blackman and Richard Basehart as a pair of actors who happen to murder their potential benefactor,The Columbo episode was released as a film in Italy as Scacco Matto a Scotland Yard. Check it out here: https://vimeo.com/609864275
The Most Crucial Game

The Most Crucial Game

2023-03-2448:45

On the latest episode of The Shabby Detective, Mike and Chris discuss the return of Robert Culp, the death of Dean Stockwell, the cost of shoes, and we're visited by special guest, director Jeremy Kagan.
The Greenhouse Jungle

The Greenhouse Jungle

2023-02-2542:481

On the second episode of Columbo's second season he's paired with Bob Dishy as one (of two) Sgt. Wilsons and squares off as victim-cum-killer Ray Milland as Jarvis Goodland, an avid orchid collector who murders his nephew (Bradford Dillman)... to fuel his orchid addiction?
Etude in Black

Etude in Black

2023-01-2753:43

The Shabby Detective kicks off our second season with a discussion of "Etude in Black," which pits Lt. Columbo against haughty conductor Alex Benedict (John Cassavetes), one of the more incompetent foes our hero has had to deal with.
Blueprint for Murder

Blueprint for Murder

2022-12-2351:38

We wrap up the first season of Columbo with a discussion of Blueprint for Murder. Directed by Peter Falk, the episode stars Forrest Tucker as a brash but determined Texas millionaire and Patrick O'Neal as an ambitious architect. Writer Richard Hatem (Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Titans) joins Mike and Chris to discuss the episode and re-cap the first season.
Short Fuse

Short Fuse

2022-10-1046:28

In the penultimate episode of the first season of "Columbo", Roddy McDowall plays a spoiled brat who's a part-time photographer, part-time chemist, and full time jerk. He's got angles on his aunt's company but her husband (James Gregory) stands in his way. Can he get around that snoopy, shabby detective Columbo? Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
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Guyspy21

As someone who visited Madame Tussauds a couple of years ago, I can confirm that yes, the lines really are that long

Apr 30th
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Guyspy21

I also thought this was the chess episode lol

Mar 24th
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Guyspy21

On edits: Columbo was edited to hell I'm reruns to cut it down, specially in the 80's. Mark Dawidziak famously had to watch these versions while writing The Columbophile.

Feb 26th
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Guyspy21

I mean, it is the most minor thing to look out for.

Feb 1st
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Guyspy21

In my opinion, Short Fuse is the weakest of the bunch

Dec 24th
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