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you ever visit Universal Studios in Universal City, California, you will
want to take the studio tour. You
might recognize a number of familiar “Columbo” locations and artifacts,
like the “Jaws” shark featured in “Fade In To Murder,” and some of
the standard exteriors – and the tour itself, as taken by the
unfortunate victim in “Murder, Smoke And Shadows”.
And you will certainly want to be on the lookout for Columbo’s Peugeot 403.
car can be elusive, and it sometimes goes away on tours, or is moved for
special appearances – see, for example, “Columbo
and the World’s Strongest Man”.
might find the Peugeot prominently displayed with honors, as in this 1996
vacation photo sent by Adrian Oates from the UK. (Thanks, Adrian!)
it might be tucked away on a back lot, surrounded by ordinary police
parked near the DeLorean time machine from “Back to the Future”.
intrepid webmaster, Stephen Burns, personally grabbed this picture during
a tram tour of the studio. Stephen’s tram was traveling at top speed
through the Universal lot when he suddenly spotted the famous Peugeot.
Leaping into action, Steve jumped from the moving vehicle, risking life
and limb, to capture this photo. We hope you like it. (Note, this is the
“old” Columbo car!)
we have an extremely rare picture of two (2) Columbo cars, carefully
hidden away at Universal! We
have revealed elsewhere that Columbo has owned back-up vehicles over the
years (see, for example, “Death of
a Peugeot”), and that tradition continues. This photo features
screenwriter Frank D’Angeli, who kindly sent us the picture. Read about
Frank’s script, “Columbo: Murder By Suicide” -- which we still hope
to see produced -- in Frank’s article, “An
Open Letter of Thanks”.
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