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
Susan Clark stars as business heir Beth Chadwick, the waiting lady in question who has fallen in love with an employee named Peter Hamilton(played by Leslie Nielsen) which brings on the disapproval of her overly-protective brother Bryce(played by Richard Anderson) whom she decides to shoot at their home, claiming him a burglar, thus making it look like an unfortunate accident, but a highly doubtful Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) is determined to prove murder, despite an inquest's verdict of accidental death. How can Columbo prove otherwise? Good cast does what it can to aid rambling mystery with little suspense. One of the weaker(if just passable) cases.
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