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"Columbo" Lady in Waiting (1971)

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Director:
Writers:
Steven Bochco (teleplay)
Barney Slater (story)
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TV Series:
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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Interesting See more (18 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)

Barney Slater (story)

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

Ted Leighton  story (uncredited)

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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Production Companies
  • Universal TV (from Universal City, California) (as Universal® Studios)
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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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Trivia:
Last film of Jessie Royce Landis.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Columbo:Uh, my name is Columbo, ma'am. I'm a, uh... lieutenant, uh, from the police.
[shows badge then puts it away]
Mrs. Chadwick:Dah, just a minute. Not so quickly. I'd like to look that over.
[examines his I.D. then him]
Mrs. Chadwick:Well, I must say, you hardly look the role.
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Soundtrack:
Love Theme from 'Red Sky At Morning'See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, 25 February 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

As people know, I love Columbo and consider it one of the best detective shows ever even with one or two lacking episodes later on. Lady in Waiting is a very interesting episode in many respects. And it isn't just because it features the first female killer.

The episode is a little slow occasionally, and I felt the final solution could have been expanded a little more so that the evidence had more time to unfold.

That said, like all the Columbo episodes I was impressed with how it looked. The episode with its clever use of photography and striking locations and costumes does look great, while the music is quite effective and doesn't intrude with the tone of each scene. The writing is good and the story is clever and makes the most of a great idea.

The acting is fine. Peter Falk while more subdued(more to do with how Columbo is written than Falk himself) is still brilliant in the title role, staying true in character and delighting us once more with that quintessential catchphrase. Susan Clark is excellent as well, and I was further impressed with how she was developed in Lady in Waiting, she starts off as someone you sympathise with and are touched by and then quite suddenly she is like a different person, more ambitious and ruthless. Leslie Nielson is good in a different role to what I am used to seeing him in, but supporting wise Jessie Royce-Landis was the standout being wonderful as the domineering mother.

In conclusion, an interesting episode mainly in the show's first female killer and how she is written. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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