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?
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
At 25 mins. when Columbo questions the painter Sam, the model obviously doesn't look anything like the woman Sam's painting and even her pose is completely different. It wouldn't matter if she was there or not. See more
It's just that... I get bugged by those little things.
Etude in E major op. 10 No. 3
by Frédéric Chopin
Heard during the murder sequence See more