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
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During his first deposition by Lt. Columbo, Roger Stanford (Roddy McDowell) casually mentions that his parents died in a freak explosion", not unlike the one that befalls David Buckner (James Gregory) and his chauffeur. See more
In the last scene, the door on the cable car switches from opened to closed between shots and reverse shots. See more
Lieutenant, you take an inordinate length of time to come to the point.