Nelson Hayward is running for the senate as a man tough on crime. His dictatorial campaign manager, Harry Stone, orders the candidate dump his mistress, backing up his demand with threats to expose the politician's shady past. Stone little guesses that his own publicity-minded lie about anonymous killers threatening the politician's life will lead Hayward to murder him and blame it on the invented assailants. Hayward sets up a tricky alibi for himself around a surprise birthday party for his wife. No one suspects the clever deception except that annoyingly observant Italian-American cop in the rumpled raincoat - the redoubtable Lt. Columbo. Written by
J. Spurlin / revised by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
The girlfriend, Linda Johnson, is shown in many scenes wearing a red dress with a pattern of the "Scarlet Letter" clearly shown on it. See more
Columbo's drawing of the crime scene changes between shots. The most noticeable difference is the X marking the position of the body, which switches between having diagonal lines and vertical/horizontal lines. See more
You know, isn't it funny the way people react under the stress of a situation?
La Dona e Mobile
(from the opera "Rigoletto")
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi See more