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Columbo full episode: Etude in Black

Columbo Etude in Black John Cassavetes
“That’s my specialty you know… homicide.”

BFFs John Cassavetes and Peter Falk teamed up to devastating effect in fan favourite episode Etude in Black in 1972.

And the wonderful news is that Etude is the latest episode to be made available in full to keen viewers via the official Columbo YouTube channel. So grab your conductor’s baton and get ready for fun with Falk, Cassavetes and support cast of stars that includes James McEachin, Blythe Danner and Myrna Loy – PLUS DOG’S DEBUT!

As always I’d like to remind would-be viewers that this won’t play in many countries including UK, Canada and France.

Columbo Etude in Black review
“I’m gonna take a nap now.”
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9 thoughts on “Columbo full episode: Etude in Black

  1. A solid and classic Columbo, probably would rate somewhere in the 20’s of all the episodes for me, and for this fantastic series that’s darn good. This episode has the typical beautiful mansion and gorgeous cars that are common for this series and are one of the many things that make it so appealing.

  2. One thing I like about Etude is the inexplicable appearance of long-time character actor Henry Beckman at the murder scene. He’s a kind of burned-out old guy that the Lt’s using for exposition about the victim– and it’s like, ok, is he the coroner or a neighbor, or a figment of Columbo’s imagination, or what? He doesn’t have a name or title, he’s just there. He’s not even in the credits. Why doesn’t the Lt set up the scene with the cigar-chomping Sargent, instead? Who is this guy?! My guess, a friend of Mr Falk’s that was hanging around the set. Nothing wrong with that. I’m a big fan of Beckman.

  3. I think Etude in Black is of the true classic columbo style and while it is a very memorable episode and rates very highly among fans and other Blogs generally , ( some people put it in there top 10 ) I actually am not a big fan of it , I find it a tad tedious and I think that the final clue is IE the carnation re appearing/ missing makes for a top 10 ( as columbophile has already pointed out if you visit previous post ( murderers who would never done time post ) Etude in black is slightly overrated in my opinion , However its defineltley much more in the top half of the 70s than the bottom the top and always worth watching.

  4. One of my all-time favorite examples of Columbo disregarding things like chain of custody and protecting evidence. Not only is he toting the keyboard around, he actually strikes a couple of keys. Good times.

  5. Cassavetes was a good foil for Columbo. The friends worked so well together. Etude in Black remains a top episode of the series.


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