Posted 28 June 2011 - 03:57 PM
Gena Rowlands got the notices but Falk was superb in “A Woman Under the Influence.” He was also screamingly funny in “The In-Laws.” Wonderful actor.
The original run of Columbo is a great, great series and the show holds up very well although it began to run out of steam in its last seasons, as often happens. It was always fun seeing Falk go up against the Powerful Rich Ruthless Guy, often Robert Culp or Jack Cassidy, as Columbo’s stumbles and fumbles elicited the Culp snarl or the Cassidy sneer. Little did they know!
I never could figure out why the ubiquitous raincoat in a series set in L.A. and one wonders why the aforementioned PRRGs, presumably pretty tough customers, invariably melt down like the Wicked Witch of the West in the finale as Columbo brandishes some skimpy piece of evidence that’ll never hold up in court. Still, a classic show. I hope Columbo’s Peugeot is in a museum somewhere. Or at least the raincoat.