The formula for a miracle wrinkle cream leads the founder of a cosmetics company to murder and Columbo is on this case.

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Viveca Scott
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Karl Lessing
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Shirley Blaine
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Ferdy
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Jerry
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Murcheson
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Richard Stahl ...
Burton (as Dick Stahl)
Marc Hannibal ...
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Layne Mathess ...
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Viveca Scott runs Beauty Mark, the cosmetics company whose products are in every woman's home. With sales dropping, she's counting on the miraculous new beauty cream created by her chief chemist to boost sales and overtake her rival, David Lang, but the chemist's assistant steals the formula. Scott attempts to negotiate with him but, in a rage, knocks him over the head with a heavy microscope, killing him. Her rival's secretary finds out and attempts to blackmail her, but the cosmetics queen's worst news is that the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo is on the case. Written by J. Spurlin

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Actor David Toma, who plays a police officer in this episode, was a real policeman and had a TV series (TOMA) named after him. See more »

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Viveca's nail polish changes color in close ups, from her usual pink to red. See more »

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Karl Lessing: You still like those, uh, tequila cocktails with the organic cactus juice, right? I've always thought that was an appropriate drink for you.
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The Girl from Ipamnema
("Garota de Ipanema") (uncredited)
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim (1962)
Portugese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Toned down instrumental version played at fashion show
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The Chemist
22 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Vera Miles plays a determined cosmetics founder of a company called Beauty Mark that is desperate to perfect a new wrinkle cream that would make her a fortune, and stave off her chief business rival David Lang(played by Vincent Price). Trouble is that her chief chemist's assistant(played by Martin Sheen) has stolen the formula and plans to blackmail her to get a fortune, but his refusal of her romantic advances enrages her to murder him with a large microscope. This brings on Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) whose wife uses her products, but that wont stop him from getting the poisonous proof to arrest her. Mediocre episode strangely wastes legendary actor Vincent Price in a supporting role, though the other stars are fine.


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