This is the only Columbo episode directed by Steven Spielberg.
The inscribed mystery novel which Ken Franklin gives to Miss LaSanka is titled "Prescription: Murder", the same title as the first Columbo movie, Prescription: Murder (1968).
Lilly LaSanka states that she was taught to cook by her husband, who was a cook as a merchant marine. This is an inside joke as being a cook in the merchant marine was one of Peter Falk's jobs before he became an actor.
Murder by the Book 1971
15 Sep 1971 ● English ● 1 hr 16 mins
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