Columbo: Season 1, Episode 5

Lady in Waiting (15 Dec. 1971)

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A mousy heiress murders her brother, pretending she thought he was a burglar. Lt. Columbo unravels her alibi.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Beth Chadwick
Mrs. Chadwick
Bryce Chadwick
Joel Fluellen ...
2nd Detective
Garry Walberg ...
1st Detective
Jon Lormer ...
Hearing Officer
Frank Baxter ...
Susan Barrister ...


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

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15 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Last film of Jessie Royce Landis. See more »


When Beth Chadwick starts to leave the hairdresser she asks for her bill and for another appointment time. She is given her bill which she signs but she isn't given an appointment time. See more »


Peter Hamilton: Suppose you ask the question that you haven't asked.
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Love Theme from 'Red Sky At Morning'
Composed by Billy Goldenberg
Heard during the bar scene
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Columbo and a family thing

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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