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Peter Falk Serpentines No More

A man of multiple careers. Movie heavy… comic heavy… Team Cassavetes indie groundbreaker… Columbo.

The last period in which he did any non-Columbo work that really stood out was in the mid-80s, with Wings of Desire, Happy New Year, and The Princess Bride. The Cheap Detective and The In-Laws were in 1978 and 1979.

His Cassavetes run ended with a cameo in Opening Night in 1977, though he was in Big Trouble, an unsuccessful reunion of the In-Laws team. This was also Cassavetes last film behind the camera.

But he will be most remembered for the raincoat and the one last question…

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5 Responses to “Peter Falk Serpentines No More”

  1. Chris says:

    Loved Peter Falk.

    DP, please stop trying to be funny on Twitter. It’s painful.

  2. David Poland says:

    Chris… easy fix… stop following me on Twitter.

  3. Joe Leydon says:

    Happy to see someone else remembers Happy New Year. Falk told me years ago that while he wasn’t completely satisfied with that film — an Americanized remake of a Claude Lelouch film — he was pissed by the way Columbia mishandled it. ”In fact,” he said, “that was the picture where I called up the publicity department at Columbia, and I congratulated them. I said they should be working for the CIA, because there were no leaks.”

  4. EthanG says:

    “Woman Under the Influence” will always be a masterwork to me. RIP.

  5. Elyse says:

    The In-Laws is one of my favourite films. I love Peter Falk and I`m sad to see him go.

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