Tony Goodland's wife is straying. He believes money will bring her back to him, but while he leads a comfortable life, most of his massive inheritance is in a trust fund that can only be accessed in extraordinary circumstances. Tony's uncle Jarvis, an expert in orchids, proposes a plan: he will help Tony fake his own kidnapping, which will allow Tony to gain a good portion of his trust fund unsuspected. What Tony doesn't realize is that Jarvis wants that money for himself and is willing to kill to get it. What Jarvis doesn't realize is that all his careful planning will fall apart under the watchful eye of Lieutenant Columbo, who quickly finds holes in the kidnapping scenario. Written by
Did You Know?
Jarvis Goodland's house was not a real house, but rather a prop at Universal Studios. Built for the classic 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1927), this mansion has been seen in 'Written on the Wind', appeared as the Sanitorium in 'Harvey', and as the exterior of Applegate Manor in 'Casper'. Prior to 1981, the mansion was, along with the rest of Colonial Street, at the northern edge of the back lot. During this period it was known as the Shelby Mansion (after the characters who lived there in Uncle Tom's Cabin'). See more
When Columbo and Wilson are examining the yellow Jaguar, Wilson holds Columbo's raincoat over his right arm while Columbo digs the bullet from the seat.The raincoat is visible in the full length shot, but disappears in the reverse shot when he is writing on the envelope he has put the bullet in. See more
Now, there's no use glaring at me like that. Blood is thicker than martinis.