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Columbo full episode: Suitable for Framing

The day has finally come! You can enjoy Dale Kingston’s crushed velvet tuxedo in full HD glory as Suitable for Framing has joined the episodes available on the official Columbo YouTube channel.

This is absolutely one of the best TV episodes EVER made, and in the gloved-hand reveal gotcha at episode’s end boasts the single greatest TV moment ever recorded (in this correspondent’s opinion at least)!

So what are you waiting for! Hit play and enjoy one of Columbo‘s very finest hours…

NB – full episodes will not play in all countries. Sorry if you’re in one of them 😦

Further reading


Rumour has it that Dale Kingston’s art lecture series will be uploaded to YouTube any day now. GET EXCITED

Kingston on TV

19 thoughts on “Columbo full episode: Suitable for Framing

  1. Would you review Identity Crisis? I’m partway through a close rewatch and really enjoying McGoohan’s direction and smash rendering of the sybaritic killer. And the historical references have me hooked – the episode aired months after the Hersh report revealed heinous CIA misconduct (and the Church Committee convened to investigate same) and the script checks every box, from the depravity of individual operatives to illegality emanating from the very top. Love!

  2. If anybody has an explanation for how Dale managed to get the two Degas pastels into one of Edna’s boxes of new clothing, please post a response.

    In the episode accessible on YouTUbe, at 1:05:00, Edna parks her car and walks away leaving some white boxes of clothing from the Fashion Center in the back seat. Dale soon stops by to peer inside the car to see the boxes. He then goes back to his own car to retrieve the Degas pastels from his trunk. And, as we later learn, of course, after this scene in the parking lot, Dale somehow managed to put the Degas pastels in one of the white boxes in the back seat of Edna’s car.

    But how could Dale have done that, since Edna surely locked the doors to her car before she walked away? Are we to presume that she didn’t lock her door and that Dale just got “lucky?” If so, that was a pretty risky move to rely on dumb luck because Dales the new that the police were going to shortly on their way to Edna’s house to search the premises. What an I missing here?

    • Very good point! The only thing I can think of is that Americans never seem to have locked their cars, neither in movies nor television series, until the introduction of the remote control car key some years ago.

      • They live in the safe, rich part of L.A. where no one thinks of breaking into cars! Don’t worry that this attitude is completely at odds with the heavy emphasis on security measures for their homes.

      • Don’t forget when this was filmed! I myself started driving in the 70s, and I can remember when leaving cars unlocked when parking within suburban areas was by no means uncommon.

    • I envisage that Dale knows Edna’s routine off my heart and has perhaps chided her in the past for her slack approach to security when leaving her car doors unlocked at the shopping mall.

      • Thanks, David and Columbophile for your thoughts! I reconsidered Edna’s innocent character and wondered if she might have left the door unlocked since doing that could be plausible given her personality. So, I rewatched the parking lot scene again and I noted this time that Edna left open both windows on the driver’s side and the right front passenger side window as well! See 1:04:48. It’s quick, subtle, and can easily be missed if you’re focusing on other things, but this explains how Dale easily got access to those white shopping boxes. And it fits Edna’s personality. Again, great writing by Jackson Gillis.

        As Columbo said in “Ransom For a Dead Man, “I worry. I mean, little things bother me. I’m a worrier. I mean, little insignificant details – I lose my appetite. I can’t eat. My wife, she says to me, “you know, you can really be a pain.”” And as Columbo has said many times, “Sorry to bother you . . .” Thanks again to you both for helping me to clear this up.

  3. As much as I love this episode, it is never explained by Columbo how the electric blanket was used by Kingston to help establish his alibi. I suppose our assumption would be that because the fingerprint gotcha is so damning and conclusive, Columbo could retrofit an electric blanket explanation by finding it in the uncle’s house and arriving at a conclusion that that’s how the time alibi was created.

  4. Although this is my favorite Columbo episode, I certainly do not think that the ending is the best scene of Columbo or even the best gotcha, let alone the best scene in television history. I wouldn’t presume to select even my own favorite TV scene, but I would start by going to my all-time favorite series, Perry Mason (1957-1966). The first scene that comes to mind is from The Case of the Spanish Cross, in which Perry talks a young man, who is the murder suspect, into surrendering to the police. He talks about what it means to be a man, and that a man knows when another man is being honest with him. He says that sometimes a man realizes that he needs help and can’t make it on his own and has to reach out and trust someone. The young man has a gun and Perry walks away, but the young man eventually comes out of his hiding spot, and catches up with Perry, and they walk away together.

  5. Not only the idea but the way it’s shot– all the words are done. We’re left with the Lt silently proving his case. It’s about as conclusive a conclusion as you’re going to find.

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