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Mon Jun 14, 2021, 07:36 PM

Romania asked Peter Falk to help prevent an uprising after the country ran out of Columbo episodes

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The actor delivered a speech to the Romanian people to assure them that a new season was on the way

Over the past year of hibernation, many viewers have rediscovered the joy of watching Columbo. The landmark 1970s TV mystery series starred Peter Falk in his multiple-Emmy-winning role as a raincoat-wearing, cigar-smoking detective who always had just one more question. The show was also popular in the time of its original airing, where it rotated on the NBC Mystery Movie schedule and featured an array of dazzling murderous guest stars like Janet Leigh, Leonard Nimoy, and John Cassavetes.

Columbo’s reach even stretched to other countries: The people of Romania, for example, were huge fans. So much so that in 1974, when the Columbo episodes for that season ran out, the populace protested, and the Romanian government reached out to Falk himself to try to stem the uprising. This week, Twitter user John Frankensteiner dug up a 1989 Chicago Tribune article relaying the incident. Many on Reddit have called bullshit—but Falk told the story himself in his memoir Just One More Thing, and also during a 1995 David Letterman appearance.



The confusion, as Falk explains, came from the fact that the Romanian government had a quota on how much American television could be viewed in the country. With Columbo averaging less than 10 shows per season, the people of Romania were convinced that the government was keeping more episodes from them, stoking fears of a massive protest. So the U.S. State Department invited Falk to a meeting in a New York hotel room with a representative from Romania. In his memoir, Falk describes that he was understandably flummoxed, and asked, “[P]lease excuse the language, but what the fuck do I know about the Romanian government?” He was informed that the show had swept the country—that “Columbo is Romania’s Elvis Presley”—and was persuaded to deliver a phonetically spelled-out speech in Romanian to assure the populace that Columbo would in fact be returning the next TV season. For doubters, a transcript of the speech is available on WikiLeaks (AssholeLeaks to most).

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Holding back on Columbo episodes -- now that's a legit reason to have an uprising.

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Reply Romania asked Peter Falk to help prevent an uprising after the country ran out of Columbo episodes (Original post)
TheBlackAdder Jun 14 OP
MFM008 Jun 14 #1
TheBlackAdder Jun 14 #3
unblock Jun 14 #2
ChazInAz Jun 15 #4
area51 Jun 15 #5
twodogsbarking Jun 15 #6
Harker Jun 15 #7
twodogsbarking Jun 16 #9
Harker Jun 16 #10
twodogsbarking Jun 16 #11
Harker Jun 16 #12
twodogsbarking Jun 16 #14
Harker Jun 16 #15
Pinback Jun 18 #23
LudwigPastorius Jun 16 #8
Harker Jun 16 #13
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LudwigPastorius Jun 16 #16
Harker Jun 16 #19
Upthevibe Jun 16 #17
Tikki Jun 16 #18
LisaM Jun 16 #20
Permanut Jun 17 #21
pressbox69 Jun 18 #22
Brother Buzz Jun 18 #24
IronLionZion Jun 21 #27
Brother Buzz Jun 21 #28
Kali Jun 19 #25
jaxexpat Jun 19 #26
ZonkerHarris Jun 24 #29

Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Mon Jun 14, 2021, 07:51 PM

1. were rewatching all of the Columbo

episodes right now.........

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Response to MFM008 (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 14, 2021, 08:54 PM

3. My son bought me the complete series, I binged watched them twice.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Mon Jun 14, 2021, 08:45 PM

2. Oh... one more thing....

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 10:33 AM

4. In Romanian!

At least phonetically transcribing and reading off the speech would have been fairly simple with Romanian, a Latin-based language. Good thing for Falk it wasn't for Hungary or Poland!

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 10:44 AM

5. Episodes of Columbo

are available on Tubi.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 07:41 PM

6. They say he had an eye for the ladies

if you get my drift.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 15, 2021, 08:39 PM

7. Which one? n/t

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Response to Harker (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 06:23 AM

9. The glass one.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 07:06 AM

10. I see. n/t

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Response to Harker (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 07:52 AM

11. He's got Sammy Davis

eyes.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 07:58 AM

12. Oh. You're on a roll. n/t

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Response to Harker (Reply #12)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 08:08 AM

14. I liked them both.

Stay well.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #14)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 08:10 AM

15. You, too.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #14)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 10:01 AM

23. I liked the glass eye better.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 12:04 AM

8. "the people of Romania were convinced that the government was keeping more episodes from them"


Maybe it was just Fate?


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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 08:02 AM

13. When Fate hands you a Lemmon... n/t

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Response to Harker (Reply #13)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 11:56 AM

16. .

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #16)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 12:31 PM

19. ...

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 12:06 PM

17. I go to sleep on Sunday nights with episodes of Columbo playing

on my T.V.

The episodes are on one of the platforms I have. I don't care how many times I've seen the episodes, it's the comfort I get from Peter Falk's Columbo character. I LOVE that show! And that clip's the best. Thanks for posting...

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 12:29 PM

18. I love to watch Columbo episodes....super interesting stories and...

I am permanently trapped in the late 60's and the 70's Home Decor style
and relish each of the interior shots, especially the upscale traditional styles and colours.

Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #18)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 09:35 PM

20. I love them too.

Most 70s shows (e.g. 'The Brady Bunch" show the worst of 1970s style.

But on 'Columbo', where most of the suspects are upper income L.A. residents, you see some of the best. The furnishings are pretty good, but some of the women's clothes are absolutely haute couture, as if they were designed by Halston or something. I have often said that runway fashion in the 70s just did not, or could not, translate to the ready--to-wear market, and if you look at 'Columbo' versus some other shows from the era, you see it.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 07:16 PM

21. Anyone who hasn't seen the Rip Torn episode..

need to put it on their bucket list. Episode is called "Death Hits the Jackpot".

Other favorites are

Donald Pleasance in "Any Old Port in a Storm", and
Jack Cassidy in "Murder by the Book".

Seen them all a dozen times.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 06:06 AM

22. He must be

beloved in Germany as well.



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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Fri Jun 18, 2021, 12:05 PM

24. Because of the pandemic Columbo is grounded in Budapest for the foreseeable future

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #24)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 10:53 AM

27. Good that the dog is masking

since humans are contagious and dangerous

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #27)

Mon Jun 21, 2021, 11:13 AM

28. That dog is Dog

He's a dog, so we call him Dog.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 12:13 PM

25. that's funny

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Sat Jun 19, 2021, 09:34 PM

26. Must be important. It was a question on "wait, wait, don't tell me" this morning.

THAT's current AND trendy. For sure!

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Original post)

Thu Jun 24, 2021, 04:09 AM

29. My top three best Columbo episodes are:

3. Troubled Waters- Columbo takes a cruise and catch is Robert Vaughn

2. Now You See Him: Jack Cassidy as a murderous magician

1. Identity Crisis: Columbo swims with the big spies going after double agent Patrick McGoohan.

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