Beth Chadwick has lived all her life controlled first by her father, then after his death, by her brother Bryce who manages the family business. Now she has fallen for Peter Hamilton, who works for Bryce. But, as usual, Bryce objects to her choice and threatens to fire Peter. So Beth decides to murder her brother and to do it in such a way to let it to appear like an accident. Lt. Columbo realizes at once the truth and starts looking for evidence. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
Marcia Wallace is not credited in this episode even though she had a speaking part during the inquest. There must have been a mix up during production as she is credited in the first Columbo episode "Murder By The Book" even though she doesn't appear in that one. See more »
Uh, my name is Columbo, ma'am. I'm a, uh... lieutenant, uh, from the police.
[shows badge then puts it away]
Dah, just a minute. Not so quickly. I'd like to look that over.
[examines his I.D. then him]
Well, I must say, you hardly look the role.
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Beth Chadwick's brother Bryce is running the family business and she feels left out.So she decides to kill him.Her plan is to make it look like she shoots a burglar trying to get into her house.Things don't quite go as planned and her boyfriend Peter Hamilton, who works for Bryce comes there at the wrong moment.Next we see Lt.Columbo coming.His job is to prove Beth murdered her brother.Norman Lloyd is the director of Columbo: Lady in Waiting (1971).Billy Goldenberg is behind the original music and Henry Mancini is the composer of the theme music.The cast does a very good job.There's Peter Falk, of course.Susan Clark plays Beth.Richard Anderson is the brother Bryce.Their mother is played by Jessie Royce Landis, who does her last performance there.Leslie Nielsen does a serious role as Peter.The 80's brought out the comedian in him but the previous decade saw the serious side of Leslie.Garry Walberg is the 1st detective.Richard Bull, who we remember from Little House on the Prairie playing Nels Oleson, is the 2nd one.Also Marcia Wallace, who does Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons is there as Woman at Inquest.This Columbo is good, maybe not the very best, but good.It's always fun to watch Columbo annoy those murderers.He's always there, you can't escape from him.What a character!
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