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“I Saw the Light”: Johnny Cash singing (lip-synching?) for an episode of Columbo. (RIP, Peter Falk!) The crazed-looking redhead in the background with the other singers is Ida Lupino, playing Cash’s shrewish wife. He kills her, of course, and so Columbo has to figure it all out.

I don’t know why this episode has imprinted itself on my memory. I never liked Columbo that much, but, as the youngest person in our household, I was lowest on the TV pecking order and always ended up watching the show because my sister and mom liked it. Perhaps it was in this episode I had my first realization that people can successfully pretend to be good while being actively, covertly bad?

Date: 2011-06-29 01:56 am (UTC)
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It was definitely in this episode that I had my first realization that I'd have nightmares about those creepy, Stepford, fembot background singers (and not just Ida Lupino)!

Date: 2011-06-30 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Ha, yeah, those background singers are really creepy, the effect heightened by all the frantic editing!

Date: 2011-06-29 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Hold up...Johnny Cash and Ida Lupino were in a Columbo episode together? Now, there's an odd little gem of celebrity stunt casting.

We never watched Columbo. I remember Peter Falk most from his role as one of the cab drivers in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, because I've seen it about ten times.

Date: 2011-06-30 04:34 pm (UTC)
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I know I've seen that movie, but I don't remember a thing about it. I always get it mixed up with the Around the World in 80 Days and those other 60s big-budget excuses for a cast of thousands to get paid & get drunk. Falk was in a couple Cassavetes movies too...I remember him in those, and The In-Laws, of course.

Date: 2011-06-30 11:57 am (UTC)
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Columbo was such fun to watch growing up. I just love Ida Lupino and her over-the-red-headed-top acting.

Date: 2011-06-30 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Ida Lupino also directed movies too--one of the first women in Hollywood to direct. She never got enough credit/recognition for what she accomplished.

Date: 2011-06-30 01:28 pm (UTC)
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Awwww everyone wants to shake fake (well, real, but you know what I mean) Johnny Cash's hand!!! Ida looks a treat!

I think I got a lot of my life lessons from Columbo too. I think he's responsible in no small part to my aversion to ironing!

Date: 2011-06-30 04:37 pm (UTC)
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I think he's responsible in no small part to my aversion to ironing!

Now I see you running around the globe in a trenchcoat, solving murders. Are there any crime novels with Indigenous detectives?


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