Stanford Chemicals CEO David Buckner wants to sell the business, but he is overruled by several people: his wife Doris, company lawyer Everett Logan, and his nephew Roger, the lighthearted young genius whose late father founded the company. But he has a plan: he has uncovered some very embarrassing and illegal past activities on the part of Roger. He demands that his nephew change his aunt Doris's mind about the sale, or he'll tell Doris about all the nasty things her precious Roger has done. But Roger is one step ahead of him, and initiates a plan to murder his uncle with dangerous explosives. Unfortunately for him, he didn't count on Lieutenant Columbo investigating Buckner's "car accident." The Lieutenant quickly suspects Roger, and puts together a web of evidence to trap the young scientist in his own lies. Written by
Did You Know?
Doris Buckner's house is the same house from Ransom for a Dead Man redressed. See more
In the elevator up the cliff in the last scene. Throughout the scene, the black tape strips on the box disappear and reappear without anyone removing or reapplying them. See more
Roger, I called the Commissioner of Police, and he said he'd send over his very best man.
[looking Columbo over
Is that a fact?
Lt. Columbo: Well, my wife, she says I'm second-best, but, uh... She claims there are eighty fellas tied for first.