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 Posted:   Feb 16, 2023 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   darthbrett   (Member)

Continuing SEASON 5:

I think this is the first "episode" that refers back to a previous "episode".

It's one of only a few, but not the first. In Double Exposure he mentions in the beginning how he is hungry because he missed dinner from working on the Heyward case from the episode before, "Candidate for Crime". I think there is one more episode in the '70s run where he mentions another episode, but now I can't remember which one it is.

 Posted:   Feb 16, 2023 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Good catch.

Oh, and I wanted to point out that contrary to what another user said, the later scores were no 100% original with no tracking. I found one tracked cue and even cited which prior episode it was from. And without checking, I think there was another cue in another episode I was sure was tracked.

Well, maybe 9.999999% correct.

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2023 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Finishing "SEASON 6":

"The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case"
By: Robert Prince (as "Bob Prince")

This is the only effort by Prince for the "series".

  • 0:30 in.^
  • 9:03 in.^
  • 12:48 in.^
  • 15:34 in.^
  • 24:24 in.^
  • 30:08 in.^
  • 35:44 in.^
  • 41:28 in.^
  • 54:08 in.^

    Ultimately I fell Prince's score was wrong for the episode, especially the annoying and baffling use of a theremin. I think this would have been fertile ground for Jerry Goldsmith. It was 1976 and he was already in his prime -- just imagine what he would have done here!

    And I also think the lead was not necessarily mis-cast, but could have been much better; David Ogden Stiers would have been perfect for this role.

    30:59 in: Okay ... I got to say it -- sorry. His ice cream scoop looks like a penis mushroom head. Sorry, but it does.

    The end credits is a song.

    (NtM: 41:16, 46:37)

     Posted:   Feb 21, 2023 - 8:01 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    "SEASON 7":

    "Try and Catch Me"
    By: Patrick Williams (as "Pat Williams")

  • 13:41 in.^
  • 29:21 in.^
  • 32:23 in.^
  • 46:41 in.^
  • 50:18 in. Arabian dance music. And the regular score cue that immediately follows it.^
  • 1:08:26 in.^

    A score built upon part of a piece of classical music.
    First episode -- passed the initial TV movies -- where it doesn't say "Music Score", but rather "Music".

    "Murder Under Glass"
    By: Jonathan Tunick

    This is the only effort by Tunick for the "series".

  • 0:00 in.
  • 3:20/7:33 in.^
  • 35:47 in.
  • 37:40 in.^
  • 57:37 in.^
  • 58:25 in.^
  • 1:12:11 in.^

    Based upon this sole effort, I would not have minded having Tunick back for more episodes.
    I believe the end credits is just 57:37 re-used.

    Can you imagine Gordon Ramsay and Columbo in a kitchen cooking together?

    Am I wrong, or is this the first episode where the killer actually tries to murder Columbo to cover the solving of the crime?

     Posted:   Feb 22, 2023 - 8:16 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 7":

    "Make Me a Perfect Murder"
    By: Patrick Williams

  • 1:41 in.^
  • 8:41/10:01 in.^
  • 15:00/15:43/22:25/1:07:14/1:31:30 in.^ *
  • 47:48/56:27 in.^(both: first: all; second: 57:05)
  • 1:01:43 in.^
  • 1:04:14 in.^
  • 1:10:39 in.^
  • 1:17:09 in.^
  • 1:35:38 in.^

    I may have cited every cue.

    * = This fake TV movie has a better score than many real movies from today!

    42:21 in: this is an edit of parts of two pieces of classical music:

     Posted:   Feb 23, 2023 - 8:30 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 7":

    "How to Dial a Murder"
    By: Patrick Williams

  • 0:00 in.^
  • 10:12 in.^
  • 26:25 in.^
  • 34:45 in.^
  • 48:02 in.^
  • 51:23 in.^
  • 1:00:04 in. Montage cue with little to no FX.^
  • 1:01:07 in.^
  • 1:08:17 in.^
  • 1:11:37 in. I think the end credits is the above cue, which I think may also be from the fake movie in the above episode.^

    For the guys here: 7:55 in. You're welcome.

    (NtM: 10:09)

     Posted:   Feb 24, 2023 - 8:21 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Finishing "SEASON 7":

    "The Conspirators"
    By: Patrick Williams

  • 7:31 in.^
  • 15:07 in.^
  • 10:39 in.^
  • 26:02 in.^
  • 28:13/30:15 in. And the cue after the commercial break of the second cue.^
  • 40:25 in.^
  • 54:42 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 57:11 in.^
  • 1:08:08 in.
  • 1:17:04 in.^
  • 1:19:37 in.^
  • 1:20:53/1:22:13 in.^
  • 1:35:27 in. Except the end credits, which is a song from earlier in the program.^

    I may have cited the entire score (minus source pieces), so I should say the entire score should be released. Surely amongst the series' best episode scores.

    And with this "episode", NBC cancelled "Columbo".

     Posted:   Feb 24, 2023 - 8:37 AM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    I too remember that score being a really strong one, and I remember thinking the episode was excellent as well (IIRC this is the one with Clive Revill, aka the original Emperor in The Empire Strikes Back). A very good finish on both counts, to the overall superior original series.

    But I confess I’m even more looking forward to your traversal through the revived series from 1989-2003, because I know far fewer of those episodes and scores, but I know there are some gems among them still and I trust you to uncover them!


     Posted:   Feb 24, 2023 - 8:52 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    You're welcome, and thanks for the faith in my opinions on the scores.

    I will say the new season features a score so bad I cited no cues and think not a single second should be released (it would be a true waste of space), another score that I suggest should have been rejected, and, of course, another Williams score I deem to be one the best efforts for the series.

     Posted:   Feb 24, 2023 - 9:08 AM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    Yeah, I remember Patrick Williams generally maintaining the level of quality scoring in the revival, that he had established on the original series… and I expect Dick DeBenedictis will be similar. Plus some other veteran names like John Cacavas show up, who one might think would have worked on the original run but didn’t!


     Posted:   Feb 24, 2023 - 9:27 AM   
     By:   chriss   (Member)

    Veteran TV composer Richard Markowitz joined Columbo's scoring staff in the revival series.

     Posted:   Feb 27, 2023 - 9:01 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    "SEASON 8":

    But just like the character Lt. Frank Columbo, there was always one more thing, and about eleven years later ABC revived "Columbo". And yes - apparently people noticed in two or three "episodes" that his police badge said "Frank", so that solves the mystery of his first name (no Columbo-ing needed).

    Now on ABC, the mystery movie theme is by Mike Post. None of the loads present the theme or the previous theme.

    "Columbo Goes to the Guillotine"
    By: John Cacavas

  • 15:37 in.^
  • 25:25 in.^
  • 35:16/42:25 in.^
  • 1:15:47 in.^
  • 1:19:59 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 1:28:12 in.^

    John Cacavas is a composer who had different sides to him. One time you might get an orchestral score, another time something funky, another time meandering dated empty synth work. Unfortunately, this score falls into the final type mentioned, though there are some highlights here and there in the second half the "episode".
    Cacavas was no stranger here -- he had scored all but one episode of the disavowed unofficial spin-off "Mrs. Columbo" from 1978 to 1980 (two seasons), where he provided excellent work. However, like I noted, this is not that type of scoring, sadly. I covered that show, too:

    This time the font family and font color are different; not the normal yellow. And the looks of the film comes across something more like the early 1990's than 1989.

    In fact, the entire thing just feels off and wrong.

    (Note to Me: composer credit -- 1:31 in)

    "Murder, Smoke and Shadows"
    By: Patrick Williams

  • 0:00 in.^ [3:33]
  • 3:47 in. Is this classical music? Nothing was listed on the Soundtrack subpage for the episode on IMDb.^
  • 9:02 in.^
  • 16:55 in.^
  • 33:29 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 38:23 in.^
  • 49:57 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 1:00:25 in.^
  • 1:06:07 in.^
  • 1:17:11 in.^
  • 1:22:54 in.^
  • 1:30:13 in.^

    41:50 in: It's no longer "cock blocked", it's "Columbo blocked".

     Posted:   Feb 27, 2023 - 9:16 AM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    Bummer to hear that the first Cacavas score for the series is an all-synth affair. Surprised you noted as many cue highlights as you did!

    How did you find the Patrick Williams score compared to his 70s scores for the show?


     Posted:   Feb 27, 2023 - 9:18 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    It's not totally, but it's mostly.

    As for the Williams effort, I can't really tell you now. I finished "Columbo" like a month ago; I am trying to create a back log of things to post, so I don't have to cram ever day with so much. Right now I am about a week away from finally completing [the original] "Kojak", which I will start posting when I finish off "240-Robert" this week.

     Posted:   Feb 28, 2023 - 8:42 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Finishing "SEASON 8":

    "Sex and the Married Detective"
    By: Patrick Williams

  • 9:57 in.^
  • 13:57 in.^
  • 17:09 in.^
  • 37:50 in. Yes, it begins with Columbo playing a tuba, but you quickly find out his playing it part of the score cue.^
  • 46:38 in.^
  • 54:28 in.^
  • 57:08 in.^
  • 1:06:25 in.^(1:17:20)
  • 1:30:30 in.^

    8:13 in: airplane porn.

    "Grand Deceptions"
    By: John Cacavas

  • 2:57 in.
  • 7:47 in.^
  • 11:35 in.^
  • 20:52 in.^
  • 21:59 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 34:34 in.^ *
  • 44:50 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 51:57 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 1:00:33 in.^
  • 1:09:19 in.^
  • 1:18:56 in.^
  • 1:32:16 in.^

    * = 41:21 in: the shaking sticks thing is explained (if you are skipping to the cues and wondering what the hell that was all about).

    While in the last season or two the character Columbo has taken to humming This Old Man, I think this is the first score to actually use the theme in a score cue.

    I wonder where that Columbo figurine is now...

     Posted:   Mar 1, 2023 - 8:16 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    "SEASON 9":

    "Murder, a Self Portrait"
    By: Patrick Williams

  • 0:00 in.^
  • 8:02 in.^
  • 12:07 in.^
  • 12:42/13:35 in.^
  • 16:50 in.^
  • 21:11 in.^
  • 24:49 in. For the guys here: stick around when the cue ends...^
  • 26:33 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^
  • 33:08 in.^
  • 41:38 in. And the cue after the commercial break.^(second)
  • 49:47 in.^
  • 51:46 in.^
  • 59:30 in.
  • 1:04:54 in.^
  • 1:10:25 in.^
  • 1:18:26 in.
  • 1:28:59 in.^

    This is a very fine score. Probably amongst the series' best efforts. Probably the entire score should be released.
    I assume some dream sequences are opera pieces, so I didn't cite them.

    Patrick Bauchau plays a character who confronts a doctor with the first name of Sydney. About seven years later Patrick would be one of the lead stars in a TV series called "The Pretender", where he played a doctor with the first name of Sydney.

    I don't think there has been an episode previously that took so long to get to the murder. I think it was just after thirty minutes in.

    I wonder where that Columbo painting is today...

    "Columbo Cries Wolf"
    By: Dennis Dreith

    This is the only effort by Dreith for the "series".

  • 8:50 in.^
  • 10:55 in.^
  • 15:13 in.^
  • 26:43 in.^
  • 45:08 in.^
  • 48:03 in.
  • 1:17:01 in.^
  • 1:19:27 in.^
  • 1:24:07 in.^
  • 1:27:55 in.
  • 1:32:19 in.^

    Sorry, but I think this score should have been rejected. It's cheap, lazy, and just feels wrong. Its only by happenstance that it seems to go with what's on screen once in a while. Was this a cost cutting technique? A last minute replacement score we didn't know about?
    Well, regardless, on any set of scoring from the show, there's not much of this I would include.

    Fish Man mini suite:

    The episode itself is rather weak.

    For the guys here: 0:51 in. You're welcome.
    Lazy projects makers took this same scene, flipped it horizontally and put new score to it, to re-use it at 32:10 in.

    "Columbo, you're the most stubborn man I've ever met."
    Columbo: "There's nothing I can do about that, sir."

     Posted:   Mar 2, 2023 - 8:56 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Continuing "SEASON 9":

    "Agenda for Murder"
    By: David Michael Frank

    This is the only effort by Frank for the "series".

  • 19:38 in.^
  • 32:15/44:18 in.^
  • 59:25 in.^
  • 1:09:52 in.^
  • 1:21:13 in.^

    This is the largely rejected score I mentioned earlier. Frank goes into details the horrible experience, in this old interview (yes, I just saw the link on my Rejected Film Scores website out out-of-date):

    There's a dramatic orchestral score yet to really be heard, waiting to hopefully surprise us.

    Patrick McGoohan's third appearance. Sadly, the ending line of this episode is burned permanently into my memory, so there is no surprise here for me any longer.

    I had forgotten that in his later years, McGoohan was looking more and more like Alfred the butler from the 1966 "Batman" series.

    The magazine, the news story, and the serial killer example are all real.

    (NtM: composer credit -- 1:01 in)

    "Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo"
    By: Richard Markowitz

    This is the only effort by Markowitz for the "series".

  • 0:40 in.
  • 4:23 in.^
  • 11:41 in.^
  • 15:37 in.^
  • 18:19 in.
  • 33:18 in.^
  • 1:04:00 in.^
  • 1:18:41 in.
  • 1:29:50 in.^
  • 1:33:56 in.^

    Richard was probably a good choice at the time; he was still scoring "Murder, She Wrote", and was still fresh off scoring most of that show's spin-off series, "The Law and Harry McGraw". His resume probably spoke for itself. But in the end the score is rather generic and sounds like an unremarkable effort from "Murder, She Wrote".

    Short suite from Fish Man:

    Columbo never had any children. So this goes ahead and completely wipes out any last vestiges of unofficial spin-off series "Mrs. Columbo". A show where they and a daughter.

    Sooo ... where is the dog?

    (NtM: composer credit -- 1:10 in / 48:00)

     Posted:   Mar 2, 2023 - 9:19 AM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    I like the Fish Man suite from the Markowitz score more than I expected given your lack of enthusiasm. And I’d love to hear everything Frank recorded for his score!


     Posted:   Mar 2, 2023 - 9:39 AM   
     By:   Rollin Hand   (Member)

    I like the Fish Man suite from the Markowitz score more than I expected given your lack of enthusiasm. And I’d love to hear everything Frank recorded for his score!


    I only enjoy the corpus of Markowitz from the Sixties and Seventies: see the following shows
    The Rebel
    Dr. Kildare
    The Wild Wild West
    Mission: Impossible
    The Invaders
    The FBI
    Dan August
    The Streets of San Francisco

     Posted:   Mar 2, 2023 - 9:43 AM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    Listen to the Fish Man suite from his 90s Columbo score… you really don’t like it?


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