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
Did You Know?
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
When Columbo sets down his coffee cup and unrolls the painting of the blue horse, he holds the painting open with both hands, left hand holding his cigar. Camera changes to a shot of the painting from Columbo's perspective, now held only with his right hand, left hand gone. When the scene reverts to the previous camera, both hands again hold the painting, but now his cigar has impossibly transferred to his right hand. Also, the coffee cup which Columbo set on the table has moved, now twice as far from the edge as where Columbo placed it. See more
You know that gallery you went to? Checked out. Hope you don't mind.
Oh, that's your job. And?
Oh, the parking lot boy, he remembered when you got there, all right. So that if Mr. Matthews was killed at eleven o'clock, then you sure didn't do it.
Now isn't that a shame, Lieutenant? And here I am, your best and most obvious suspect, too. Tch, tch, tch, tch.
Oh, don't say things like that. Really, you got me all wrong.
from Pictures at an Exhibition
by Modest Mussorgsky
Heard during the cocktail party sequence in the art gallery See more