Milburn Stone June 28, 2014 Share June 28, 2014 (edited) Watched the one with Johnny Cash and Ida Lupino last night. Fun, but it also contained a couple of protracted scenes that served no dramatic purpose whatsoever! The first was a way-too-long conversation with funeral director Vito Scotti (in which he tries to sell Columbo on pre-planning) that just marked time until the brother-in-law emerged from the mortuary; the second was a purposeless conversation with a seamstress about bolts of fabric. (Completely superfluous since Columbo then visits a parachute factory where he obtains information actually relevant to his theory.) Both scenes were very strange; the most generous interpretation you could make was that the writers (incorrectly) thought the scenes provided a needed fleshing out of the Columbo character, but a more neutral interpretation is that they were there to pad the episode to fit the time slot. Edited June 28, 2014 by Milburn Stone 1 Link to comment
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