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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Beth Chadwick
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Bryce Chadwick
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Joel Fluellen ...
Charles
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Jon Lormer ...
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Fred
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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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Last film of Jessie Royce Landis. See more »

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While Columbo is talking to Bryce in his car at the hamburger place, Columbo's coffee level in his cup keeps changing after every camera change during their conversation. See more »

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Peter Hamilton: Now, Inspector, you don't really think that Beth killed her brother in cold blood, now do you?
Columbo: Well, a matter of fact... I do.
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Love Theme from 'Red Sky At Morning'
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Good but has some misses in it.
30 May 2008 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Basically this is one fine and good made Columbo movie that begins stylish and promising but sort of slowly turns weaker as the story progresses.

It's an early Colubmo movie so Lt. Columbo still looks a bit too clean with combed hair and all. Nevertheless Peter Falk plays his role good as always and in just the same manner as he portrayed the character in the later movies.

Susan Clark was also truly excellent in her role. She's a not too well actress but she plays a great role in this. The movie also features Leslie Nielsen in a still serious role. Something he did a lot before the '80's and he also seriously was not too bad at it.

It's a sort of slow moving movie but still with a good steady pace but the way the investigations progresses, with all of its clues throughout is not entirely satisfactory and is basically the only reason why this movie remains nothing more than an average Columbo-entry, that is still of good quality of course.

Neverhteless it was a Columbo movie I really enjoyed watching and for that reason is also a real recommendable one.

7/10

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