Lt. Colombo investigates the murder of Rudy Matthews, an art collector who is 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, tries to mask the time of death and then give himself an alibi by attending an art exhibit From the outset, Colombo can't quite understand why one of the two missing paintings was by a lesser artist and why a thief wouldn't have taken something more expensive. Kingston tries to point Colombo in the direction of his aunt, Matthews ex-wife Edna. The fact that Matthews left everything, including his entire art collection, to her seems to support that idea. Colombo isn't buying it and sets a clever trap for him. Written by
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Ross Martin, who plays the killer, was Peter Falk's acting teacher. See more
When Tracy leaves the mansion, she pushes open the sliding door that had been altered to look like it was jimmied open, and left it wide open while she exited the premises. Moments later, the security guard explores that direction and the sliding doors are once again closed. See more
[Columbo comes 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