I don’t have tons of great things to say about Steven Spielberg, but I love the fact that he directed this 1971 episode of Columbo. Apparently he was just 25 years old at the time. And guess who wrote it? YUP! Steven Bochco!
My lady and I watched this episode a few nights ago. It’s pretty good. It’s far from perfect, but it’s a shit ton better than Hook.
The Single-Minded Movie Blog has a relatively in-depth analysis of Spielberg’s work on this film: “When turning our attention to Spielberg’s contribution, it’s important not to romanticize his influence…Still, the episode does feature some quite impressive elements that can only be contributed to the director.”
The Ultimate Columbo Site has an exciting (albeit unrelated) story about a real life mystery involving Columbo’s ride: : “When Columbo finished its run in 1981, nobody suspected it would return one day. So Universal Studios, which makes the show, sold off the lieutenant’s beat-up 1960 Peugeot 403. Ten years later, the series was resurrected and the producers came looking for the car…”