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An amoral conductor murders the gifted pianist with whom he is having an affair. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

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Paul Rifkin
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Janice Benedict
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Jenifer Welles
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Lizzy Fielding
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Billy Jones
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Durkee
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Wallace Chadwell ...
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Storyline

Music conductor Alex Benedict has an affair with a pianist. When the pianist threatens to reveal their affair to Benedict's wife, whose wealthy mother owns the company on which Benedict's career is dependent, Benedict decides to permanently silence his mistress. He arranges for her death to look like a suicide by kitchen stove gas asphyxiation. Lieutenant Columbo, a cunning detective in a rumpled raincoat, doesn't believe the pianist took her own life and suspects that Benedict was responsible for her death. He pesters Benedict with constant questions as he searches for clues to place Benedict at the murder scene. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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17 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Blythe Danner was about five months pregnant with Gwyneth Paltrow during the filming of this episode. See more »

Goofs

In the sequence where Alex puts back his briefcase in his car, we can see many cables running along the sidewalk. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Columbo: Are you still with me?
Alex Benedict: I'm standing here.
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Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Chopsticks
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Composed by Euphemia Allen (aka Arthur de Lulle) 1877
Played by Peter Falk on piano.
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One of my personal favorites!
18 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Columbo episode is one of the better and perhaps one of my personal favorites. The cast includes Rosemary's Baby John Cassavetes as the maestro, his wife played by Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow's mom) and his mother-in-law played by Myrna Loy (one of America's greatest leading actresses in film of our time). Anyway I disagree with anybody who criticizes against this film. This episode is one of my favorites because you have an excellent cast who do a superb job in performing. I love watching Columbo with his beloved dog who he never names in the series. This time, the episode focuses in on classical music at the Hollywood Bowl, one of L.A.'s attractions. Of course, Columbo becomes as interested in classical music as he does anything else involving a crime.


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