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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The barely-glimpsed actor playing Dale Kingston's uncle is B-movie icon Robert Shayne
, who played Inspector Henderson on the "Superman" TV series. See more
While in the TV studio, Columbo asks Dale if the coffee machine works and Dale confirms it does. After Columbo puts coins in the coffee machine, he instantly removes the cup of coffee from the machine (which should have taken some time for the machine to fill). Columbo waves the hand holding the coffee around as if the cup was empty while talking to Dale. In the same scene we see the cup in his right hand, then it mysteriously disappears, only to re-appear at the end of the scene, where Columbo puts the cup on a table after having never once taken a sip of coffee. See more
[coming to talk with Dale Kingston after he finishes hosting his TV art program
Uh, so this is a television studio, huh?
Quite a place.
Well, it's a barn, really. I'm sure it's not as glamorous as you thought it'd be.
That's right, it isn't, uh, but things aren't really what they seem to be, are they?
My, how observant you are.
from Pictures at an Exhibition
by Modest Mussorgsky
Heard during the cocktail party sequence in the art gallery See more