|Columbo Clocks & Watches
"Columbo" fans may notice a certain preoccupation with clocks and
watches in "Columbo". They seem to be everywhere. To some extent this is
natural because most murders in "Columbo" are carefully planned, with sometimes
elaborate alibis to fake the time of death or to fake the time when the killer was seen
elsewhere. Sometimes the time element is key because the killer has to work within a
very specific time period before returning to the scene of his alibi.
But other times, the clock and watches are just there.
A Friend In Deed
I broke this a couple weeks ago, I've been carrying it around. This is a very good watch,
only 5 years old. Waterproof and shockproof. (Woman says, hmm, 7
jewels...says bands start at 25 dollars...) "No I don't want a watch, just the
Last Salute To The Commodore
Columbo checks his watch in the scene with 4 men crammed into the Peugeot. The watch is
again in Columbo's pocket, but it is a pocket watch, not a wrist watch. Still hasn't got
the band replaced?
Later it's explained: Columbo figures, with Vaughn's beautiful watch, why would
he ask the Guard (John Finnegan) the time while leaving the island -- "He's got
a drugstore watch" -- but to establish an alibi, to make sure the guard
Old Fashioned Murder
One of Columbo's own earlier watches, comes in for some comment . He paid $30 for that
one. First he says the victim's expensive watch has the wrong date, and that Columbo's own
$30 watch is right, so "It shows ya money doesn't buy quality." Then one of the
other cops tells him he has the date wrong, and without-missing-a-beat Columbo shifts to
"Well what do you expect for 30 dollars!"
We get a close-up of Columbo's watch -- it's a Swiss Army model with black band
Harold Van Wyck's digital watch created by Midas Electronics. Harold informs
Columbo "you remember the time better if you see it printed".
Columbo Cries Wolf
Playboy Sean Brantley and business partner Diane Hunter had these Pager watches custom
made so they could always be in contact with each other.
Fade In To Murder
Drugged "Gofer's" expensive watch re-set (mistake!) by Shatner
Now You See Him
Master magician the great Santini's watch.
A Deadly State Of Mind
George Hamilton's watch as he checks it in that scene where Columbo bounces his thoughts
and theories around at the social gathering.Hamilton is getting ready to slip away and
make his phone call to Leslie Ann Warren, to give her the post-hypnotic suggestion so
she'll jump off the balcony. Hamilton has already told Leslie Ann to expect a telephone
call at 10 o'clock. Hence the watch-checking (the vidcap shows 9:58).