Columbo is celebrating 50 years of investigations in Los Angeles
Columbo and Los Angeles, a long history
With the famous “Just one more thing..”, the beautiful shiny Peugeot 403, his basset hound named “The Dog”, his wife that no one has ever seen and his raincoat on his back, Columbo is part of his cult characters crossing the ages without ever going out of fashion. At 5.5 feet tall, the inspector knew how to command respect and amazed his opponents or his companions with his quick-wittedness of mind and incredible determination.
This much admired hero has, in fact, been inspired by many others. Inspector Fichet from the film Diabolique, Porfiry Petrovich in Crime and Punishment, and presumably with the character of Georges Simenon’s Little Doctor, who also often refers to his wife and drives a Peugeot 403.
Iconic filming locations
The particularity of the series, broadcast from February 20, 1968 to January 30, 2003, remains its large number of scenes shot outdoors or at the homes of suspects and witnesses. Few episodes show police premises, a morgue, or simply the inspector’s home. Thus, following in the footsteps of the inspector, with his statue in the streets of Budapest, the viewer discovers many panoramas of Los Angeles and its surroundings. From the Santa Monica Pier in the episode The Most Crucial Game to the Hollywood Bowl in the episode Etude in Black and the Big Bear Lake in Prescription: Murder, the inspector rolls his ball in this little corner of California where funny things often happen.
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