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Just One More Thing [Paperback]

Peter Falk
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3 Aug 2007
In Just One More Thing, Peter Falk -- award-winning actor -- takes us behind-the-scenes into his professional and private life. Starting in Hartford, where he worked as a management analyst for the Connecticut State Budget Bureau, Falk was no more successful than at an earlier attempt to work with the CIA. He then turned to an old college interest: acting. Falk came to prominence in 1956 in the successful Off-Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh. Although he worked continuously for the next three years, a theatrical agent advised him not to expect much work in motion pictures because of his glass eye. Surgeons had removed his right eye, along with a malignant tumor, when he was three years old. But in 1958, Falk landed his first movie, Murder Incorporated, and was nominated for an Oscar. A Pocketful of Miracles garnered his second Oscar nomination, but it was through his collaboration with filmmaker John Cassavetes that Falk entered into his most creative period in 1970 when movies such as A Woman Under the Influence helped launch the independent film movement. Through television, however, Falk reached his widest audience -- portraying the inimitable Lieutenant Columbo throughout the 1970s and winning four Emmys.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc (3 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786719397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786719396
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,165,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The reluctant actor who was nominated for two Oscars and who immortalised Lieutenant Columbo around the world shares his hilarious and often touching stories - in his own inimitable voice. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining anecdotes from a movie stars life 13 May 2008
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Peter Falk turns out to have a talent for writing in much the same way he talks.. in wry commentary, with no small amount of wit.
He sets out his stall early on - he has no intention of telling you his life story, but instead wants to write a book that you can pick up for 10 minutes before bed, or in the bath, and enjoy a few entertaining stories. Nonetheless, in doing so (and in no particular order), we do learn much about his life, just little about what he thinks about the important events in his life - only some of what he enjoyed or found funny in it.
The end result leaves you much with the feeling of having sat down and had a chat with the man over a beer, swapping stories of people and places. Subjects covered range from his admiration and friendship with John Cassavetes, his role of Columbo (of course) and some of his leading ladies, to his wife, his early travels and quite a few of his favourite ad libs from other stars. Basically it feels like it is whatever came into his head on the day he sat down at the typewriter.
As such, this is a quiet success.. he uses much space on the page with different fonts and sizes of font to break up the text and make his point, so that there actually is very little reading in the book. There are plenty of photos and drawings (we find out he has a passion for sketching and drawing).
Entertaining as a light frothy read, although if you want more on his inner thoughts and life story, or an exposé of Hollywood, best look elsewhere. As a work of literature this may not rate highly, but for its intended audience (the folk who want that 10 minute read in the bath or before bed) it fits the bill nicely.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just Not Long Enough! 14 Jun 2009
I'm not sure if I enjoyed this or I think I blinked and missed it!

I love Columbo, he's one of my all-time favourite tv characters. So I was eager to read Peter Falk's autobiography. Unlike other examples of this genre, Falk doesn't go into mind numbing detail about his early life. Instead he opts to chat with the reader in a friendly, colloquial style and tell short snappy annecdotes about a career that has spanned over 50 years. You could almost imagine that you're sat with him, in a diner, enjoying a bowl of chilli and listening to his stories. Some of them are very amusing, some are a little odd, and some fall a little flat (or maybe I just didn't get them?). On the whole this was an enjoyable book, just too short. I wanted to hear more and I wanted a little more detail. All in all though, a must for any Columbo/Falk fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falk's For the Memories 23 Oct 2010
In 2008, following a series of dental operations, Peter Falk was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease, an horrendous condition which takes away the individual personality while leaving the body intact. It can last for years until the body closes itself down. Although he is physically fit, the 83 year old former actor can no longer remember Columbo, the television series from which the title of the book is taken. He has round the clock care from his second wife and supervised visits from his adopted daughters (which were only permitted after a court case). This brilliant autobiography, written in 2006, is a permanent reminder of the talent he had and a record of how an actor with a glass eye captured the imagination of television audiences. Unlike the average self-serving stories of Hollywood stars Falk's tale is episodic, under-stated, amusing and an absolute joy to read. Whereas stars are usually awarded at the end of a review, on this occasion Falk's five star status is in the first paragraph.

Falk became an actor in 1955 at the age of 28. He had previously spent a year in the merchant navy working his way down from third cook to mess boy, was turned down by the CIA and was a civil servant specialising in efficiency. For four years he worked in the off-Broadway theatre, earning $10 a week rehearsal and $30 a week when the show opened, which didn't leave much to dine at the Waldorf. He got a small part in the film Murder Inc in 1960 and was nominated for an Oscar. He was rising from his seat when he heard the winner in his category was "Peter.." but sat down when "Ustinov" was announced. He immeidately fired the agent who had managed to get him nominated in the first place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Falk doesn't quite tell all 2 July 2007
Peter Falk has written an amusing collection of anecdotes from his long and ineresting life. Although this is not an autobiography, there is much fascinating information about his life here, and mostof the stories are very amusing.

I particularly liked the story about how he was persuaded to appear on Roumanian television in the early 1970s, to convince the people of Roumania that the government was not witholding episodes of 'Columbo' from them (since they were only getting six episodes a year, they were convinced they were being deprived of other episodes). And it's fun to read why he didn't appear in 'The Godfather'. And I was pleased to learn that the ancient raincoat he wears in Columbo is his very own, and still hangs in his closet.

You may wish that this book went into more detail about his life, but there is plenty to amuse you in this book, so forget about the missing details, and just enjoy it.
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Published 6 days ago by K. Lijkendijk
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope my life is one day summed up by a series of amusing anecdotes
As I was reading this it felt fun, but I thought it was a little disappointing for someone wanting to know more about Peter Falk in his own words. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. P. F. Mellor
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Published 2 months ago by mandy lomon
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and Interesting - But Short
I enjoyed this book, but it could have been two, even three, times longer.

Falk's writing about Columbo are particularly revealing and interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. ARMSTRONG-FINNERTY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
The book was for my husband who is a recent Columbo fan and he loves the book it's an absolute hoot!!
Published 4 months ago by Nicola Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars anecdotes
This book arrived quickly and was in the condition described. The comments on the book were useful, and it was every bit as gentle and entertaining as the actor on screen.
Published 4 months ago by buyer19
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Funny.
This man wrote exactly as he appeared in the famous Columbo series. Have read it twice now..and discovered Peter Falk was also a fine artist. "One More Thing".... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert john Taylor
Published 5 months ago by KEVIN LEYS
5.0 out of 5 stars my dad read it
this book i bought as a christmas present for my dad and he read it straight away and enjoyed it . good read for peter falk fans
Published 6 months ago by debbie lord
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I loved Columbo ... I still do ... but in this book Peter Falk tries his utmost to steer clear of his Columbo days ... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tony King
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