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"Columbo" Lady in Waiting (1971)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
15 December 1971 (Season 1, Episode 5)
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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 (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
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
Crew verified as complete

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75 min | Italy:68 min (cut version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (2000)

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Last film of Jessie Royce Landis.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Hostess:Ah, Lieutenant. Your cigar?
Columbo:What about it?
Hostess:Uh... Well, the fragrance is not, um... compatible.
Columbo:That's a shame. I just lit it.
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Love Theme from 'Red Sky At Morning'See more »


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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Columbo in Waiting., 18 May 2006
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Another Columbo episode featuring Webster actress Susan Clark as the woman who wants to lead her life without her overbearing brother's interference over the decision of her life. After his murder or accidental death, we miss Marcia Wallace, the lady at the inquest. I saw this episode on television so I don't know if it was edited out of the original episode. I like watching Leslie Nielson play the man who loves Susan Clark's character. You wonder what happens to the woman who has murdered her brother. Tired of domination, she has had enough and had planned the murder so carefully but not carefully enough until Columbo steps in asking questions. This family is definitely one of a dysfunction. Like most of the families here, they are wealthy and prominent so their lives are not as easy as we think they are because they have money. Sometimes money can cause problems as well. If her character was given independence in the first place to make her mistakes and live her life in the first place, maybe she would have faired better. Anyway, I recommend feminist critics watch Columbo episodes featuring women killers because I think there is a lot there.

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