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Columbo (detective, starring Peter Falk)

    (NBC Primetime, 1971 - 1977;
     NBC Primetime reruns  1977 - 1978;
     ABC Primetime, 1989 - 1993;
     reruns on Late Night network movies; and revived on
     various made-for-TV Movie Specials during the 1990s - 2000)

     original title: "NBC Mystery Movie: Columbo" (1971)
     aka: "ABC Mystery Movie: Columbo" (1989);

     It began as part of a rotating group of series which were aired
     under the umbrella title "The NBC Mystery Movie" from 1971 -
     1978. The other rotating series when it began were "McCloud", 
     "McMillan and Wife", "Banacek", "Cool Million" and "Madigan."

     But "Columbo" was the one which lasted longest and was also
     re-run the most on late night network movie shows and also the
     subject of several made-for-TV special movies through the years;

     In 1989, after being seen only in reruns for 11 years, an attempt
     was made to revive the series as part of another rotating
     umbrella series on ABC which also was called "Mystery Movie";

     And then for the next decade it returned to being an occasional
     made-for-TV special movie through 2000 starring Peter Falk;

     The concept of a deceptively bumbling detective had been used
     in various mystery novels through the years; this version of
     that classic literary device was especially memorable in the
     character of the Italian Lieutenant Columbo (whose first name
     was never known); he drove an old car often with a bag-eyed
     beagle inside, smoked cigars and wore a perpetually rumpled
     raincoat; his disarming personality was perhaps his most
     potent weapon...the character created by William Link and
     Richard Levinson; had first been tried out in made-for-TV
     movie with Thomas Mitchell as early as 1968...a second 1971
     made-for-TV movie starring Bert Freed served as the pilot
     episode for the series...

     But after the idea was approved for the rotating "NBC Mystery
     Movie", and after Bing Crosby and the irrascible Lee J. Cobb
     turned down the title role, it was third-choice, long-time 
     New York independent film veteran Peter Falk, who made the
     character his own. And in hindsight the casting seemed to 
     be so perfect it must have been inspired...]


Theme 1: "Mystery Movie Of The Week"

    [above is the THEME created for the rotating umbrella series 
     of which "Columbo" was one -- "The NBC Mystery Movie"...

     above is the title as filed for copyright; ASCAP titles
     are: "Mystery Movie (Signature)"; 
     aka: "Mystery Movie Theme"; 
     aka: "Mystery Movie Main Title"]

     Composer: Henry Nicola Mancini (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Leeds Music Corp. (ASCAP)

     1998 Publisher: MCA/On Backstreet Music, Inc. (ASCAP), 
                     c/o MCA Music Publishing/a division of
                     Universal Studios, Inc., of
                     Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date: Oct. 13, 1971; Eu 283 321.
     Renewal   Date: Jan. 15, 1999; RE-801-021.

     Recording:


Theme 2 [unofficial "signature"]: "This Old Man [Nick-Nack Paddy-Whack]"

    [if any tune could be said to be the "signature" tune of the
     character of "Columbo" it is this one, first making its appearance
     in the episode "Any Old Port In The Storm." It was rarely heard
     in Closing Credits or Opening Titles, but more used as a motif
     for the character's disarming charm and cleverness...various
     episode scores contain it throughout the three decades of the
     series arranged by many different composer/arrangers...but
     jazz arranger Pat Williams also created a version used on
     one or two End Credits, simply called "Columbo"...]

     Composer: [Traditional nursery tune]

     Adapter/Arranger: Patrick Moody Williams (BMI)

     2001 Publisher [of "This Old Man"]: [in the Public Domain]

     2001 Publisher [of "Columbo"]: Songs of Universal, Inc. (BMI)
                                    c/o Universal Music Publishing Group 
                                    Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:


Theme 3 [1971 - 1973 seasons NBC End Credits]: "Columbo Theme"

    [THEME and composer verified in November, 1971 Issue of 
     "BMI: The Many Worlds Of Music";

     Since the first few seasons used the Mancini THEME as the
     Open THEME for the "NBC Mystery Movie", this THEME was only
     heard over the Closing credits...if at all]

     Composer: Gilbert John ("Gil") Mellé (BMI)

     2001 Publisher: Duchess Music Corporation (BMI)
                     aka: Duchess/Hawaii S/A
                     c/o Universal Music Publishing Group
                     of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:


Theme 4 [1973 - 1978 NBC End Credits]: "Columbo Theme"

    [THEME and composer verified in several Issues of 
     "BMI: The Many Worlds Of Music" (1971 - 1977);

     since the first few seasons used the Mancini THEME as the
     Open THEME for the "NBC Mystery Movie", and after that used
     various teaser cues, this THEME was only heard over the 
     Closing credits...if at all. This was also the THEME for
     the 1971 made-for-TV movie "Ransom For A Dead Man" starring 
     Bert Freer which served as a Pilot episode for the series...]

     Composer: William Leon ("Billy") Goldenberg (ASCAP/BMI)

     1978 Publisher: Leeds Music Corp. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Universal/Duchess Music Corporation (BMI)
                     c/o Universal Music Publishing Group
                     of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:


Theme 5 [1989 ABC Umbrella Theme]: "ABC Mystery Movie Theme"

    [This THEME was used for the Opening of "Columbo" and other
     rotating series...

     BMI alternate title
     aka: "ABC Mystery Movie Main Title"]

     Composer: Mike Post (BMI)
              [pseudonym of Leland Michael Postil]

     2001 Publisher: Songs of Universal, Inc. (BMI)
                     c/o Universal Music Publishing Group
                     of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:


Theme 6 [1989 ABC End Credits]: "Columbo Theme (Open-Close Theme)(Sig)"

    [since the ABC series used the Mike Post "Mystery Movie" THEME
     as the Open THEME, this THEME was only heard briefly during the
     Open sequence and more fully over the Closing credits;

     ASCAP title variations...
     aka: "Columbo's Theme"]

     Composer: John Cacavas (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Universal/On Backstreet Music (ASCAP)
                     c/o Universal Music Publishing Group
                     of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:


Theme 7 [1990 ABC End Credits]: "Columbo (Opening and Closing Theme)"

    [since the ABC series used the Mike Post "Mystery Movie" THEME
     as the Open THEME, this THEME was only heard briefly during the
     Open sequence and more fully over the Closing credits;

     ASCAP title variations...
     aka: "Columbo (Main & End Title)";
          "New Columbo 04"; 
          "Columbo Goes To College 1990"]

     Composer: James Di Pasquale (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Universal/MCA Music Publishing (ASCAP)
                     a div. of Universal Studios, Inc.
                     of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:

NOTE: THEMEs below are most likely from the ABC "Mystery Movie" run or even later...
but no dates have been established as yet...


Theme 8 [End Credits]: "Columbo (Main & End Title)"

    [since the ABC series used the Mike Post "Mystery Movie" THEME
     as the Open THEME, this THEME was only heard briefly during the
     Open sequence and more fully over the Closing credits;

     ASCAP title variations...
     aka: "Columbo Cues"]

     Composer: Richard Markowitz (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Universal/MCA Music Publishing (ASCAP)
                     a div. of Universal Studios, Inc.
                     of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:


Theme 9 [End Credits]: "Columbo Theme (Signature)"

    [since the ABC series used the Mike Post "Mystery Movie" THEME
     as the Open THEME, this THEME was only heard briefly during the
     Open sequence and more fully over the Closing credits;

     ASCAP title variations...
     aka: "Columbo (Main Theme); 
     aka: "Columbo Theme Signature"]

     Composer: Richard ("Dick") De Benedictus (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Universal/MCA Music Publishing (ASCAP)
                     a div. of Universal Studios, Inc.
                     of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:


































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