Lt. Columbo investigates the murder of Rudy Matthews, an art collector found shot to death in his home. The killer is the dead man's nephew, art critic Dale Kingston, who, with the help of his accomplice Tracy O'Connor, effectively masks the time of death to give himself an alibi at an art exhibit. From the outset, Columbo can't quite understand why the thief would have first selected a painting of lesser value before suddenly switching to the two most valuable paintings after the killing. Kingston tries to point Columbo in the direction of his aunt, Matthews' ex-wife Edna. The fact that Matthews left his entire art collection to her seems to support that idea. Columbo isn't buying it and sets a clever trap for him. Written by
garykmcd / corrected by statmanjeff
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When art critic Dale Kingston is attending an art exhibit as an attempt to create an alibi, the background music is a Latin rhythm arrangement of "Pictures at an Exhibition." See more
Dale removes several paintings from the wall. Then, when Tracy enters, we see her admire the paintings still on the wall, including two of the paintings that Dale had taken down already. These two paintings not only have jumped back onto the wall, they also mended themselves where Dale had sliced them with a knife. See more
I'm gonna tell you something. Do you know that there is a reasonable explanation for everything, if you just put your mind to it? Course, sometimes these things, they pop up. Like with alibis. Do you know in most cases, people, they don't remember what time it is. They forget all that. Like the artist fella; he's all mixed up about the time. And Mrs. Matthews... she don't even remember what time she went to bed last night!
Being sober might help, I suppose.
Now with you, Mr. Kingston, it's just...
Etude in E major op. 10 No. 3
by Frédéric Chopin
Heard during the murder sequence See more