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"Columbo: Lady in Waiting (#1.5)"
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"Columbo" Lady in Waiting (1971)

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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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Another excellent Columbo mystery 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)
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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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Last film of Jessie Royce Landis.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Beth's sitting on her bed, waiting for Bryce to come home. She opens a box of chocolates and reaches in for a piece. There are no wrappers on the bed at this point but as she puts the piece of candy in her mouth, the bed is suddenly littered with candy wrappers.See more »
Quotes:
Peter Hamilton:...I won't be a hypocrite, Lieutenant. I'm sorry about poor Brice being killed, but it has gotten Beth out from under his thumb.
Columbo:Oh, yeah, yeah... Wat out!
[He gestures with his hands]
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Soundtrack:
Love Theme from 'Red Sky At Morning'See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Another excellent Columbo mystery, 20 November 1999
Author: Rosabel from Ottawa, Canada

Susan Clark plays an excellent murderess in this movie, stifled and controlled by her brother who manages the family business and the money. Her plan to break free of his control and take over the business herself is well worked out and seems foolproof, but one miscalculation leaves her having to improvise her way out one problem after another. Leslie Nielsen, as her lawyer boyfriend, turns in a fine performance, as he plays a sensible, serious role with humour but without the manic quality that has come to be his trademark. Peter Falk's Columbo does a good job worrying and nibbling at the truth, forcing the killer to come up with more lies and explanations, until the contradictions close in on her and she is caught. The viewer finds himself sympathizing with the murderer at the beginning, but her growing confidence and arrogance as she reaps the fruits of her crime succeed in making her downfall a satisfying one.

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