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
In "Prescription: Murder", the reception room of Dr. Fleming's office features a distinctive painting (trees and white houses with red roofs) which is shown in several scenes. The same painting appears in "Suitable for Framing", as part of the art collection sliced and stolen by Dale Kingston. See more
[Columbo comes to the gallery to question Sam Franklin, who's painting in the next room
Sam! Uh, this is the policeman who phoned. Is it all right?
Eh, bring him in. They interrupted Rembrandt. Why shouldn't they interrupt me?
from Pictures at an Exhibition
by Modest Mussorgsky
Heard during the cocktail party sequence in the art gallery See more