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"Columbo" Lady in Waiting (1971)

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Steven Bochco (teleplay by)
Barney Slater (story)
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Original Air Date:
15 December 1971 (Season 1, Episode 5)
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Plot:
A mousy heiress murders her brother, pretending she thought he was a burglar. Lt. Columbo unravels her alibi. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Susan Clark in a wonderful performance See more (20 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Susan Clark ... Beth Chadwick

Jessie Royce Landis ... Mrs. Chadwick

Richard Anderson ... Bryce Chadwick

Leslie Nielsen ... Peter Hamilton
Joel Fluellen ... Charles

Richard Bull ... 2nd Detective
Garry Walberg ... 1st Detective

Barbara Rhoades ... Hostess
Jon Lormer ... Hearing Officer
Frank Baxter ... Fred
Susan Barrister ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Draper ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Executive (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Inquest Spectator (uncredited)
Frances E. Nealy ... Hilda (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Executive (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Dress Shop Worker (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Executive (uncredited)

Marcia Wallace ... Woman at Inquest (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Norman Lloyd 
 
Writing credits
Steven Bochco (teleplay by)

Barney Slater (story by)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Everett Chambers .... producer
Richard Levinson .... executive producer
William Link .... executive producer
Robert F. O'Neill .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg (music score)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography) (as Russell L. Metty)
 
Film Editing by
Edward M. Abroms 
 
Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Arch Bacon)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard Friedman (set decorations)
 
Production Management
Henry Kline .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Ferrin .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
David H. Moriarty .... sound
 
Stunts
Larry Holt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Burton Miller .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: theme
 
Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Steven Bochco .... story editor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
 
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Runtime:
75 min | Italy:68 min (cut version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (2000)

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Leslie Nielsen and Richard Anderson previously performed together in the science fiction classic Forbidden Planet.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Columbo:This is a terrible thing to admit, but, uh... I think that, in a way, her brother's death is the best thing that ever happened to her.See more »
Soundtrack:
Love Theme from 'Red Sky At Morning'See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Susan Clark in a wonderful performance, 8 September 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Before Susan Clark became famous for the sit-com "Webster," she was a highly-touted TV movie of the week star and had a film career as well. In this Columbo, she is a mousy, albeit wealthy young woman who has lived her life under the thumb of her father, and after he dies, her brother (Richard Anderson). She hatches a plot to kill her brother, who is interfering with her plans to marry an employee (Leslie Nielsen) of the family company but if anything could go wrong on the evening of the murder, it does.

Columbo is brought in, and he immediately finds some questionable items, and things become clear as, over time, the lady completely reinvents herself, taking over the company, getting a new hair color and hairdo, a fashion makeover, and a rather unattractive, aggressive change in attitude.

There is a great performance by Jesse Royce Landis as the mother (who greets her daughter by slapping her in the face, and makes Columbo pay her exorbitant cab fare).

It's a shame that Clark does nothing today, but I suppose, sadly, her age is a factor. She seems to have found great happiness in her long marriage to Alex Karras, but her fans miss her. If you're not familiar with her work, catch her in this Columbo episode.

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