Columbo: Season 3, Episode 1

Lovely But Lethal (23 Sep. 1973)

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

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Viveca Scott
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Karl Lessing
Sian Barbara Allen ...
Shirley Blaine
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Ferdy
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Jerry
Fred Draper ...
Murcheson
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Lab Attendant
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Sergeant
Richard Stahl ...
Burton (as Dick Stahl)
Marc Hannibal ...
Fingerprint Man
David Toma ...
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Layne Mathess ...
Fashion Moderator (as Layne Matthess)
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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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In the third scene of the movie, we get to see excerpts from a vintage Universal musical. Actually, these selections have been taken from When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950), in which Vera Miles made her first movie appearance. See more »

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The case resolution centers around the fact that the murderer has a rash from poison ivy and that since there is no poison ivy in southern California she could have only gotten it from the victim. While it is true that poison ivy is not found there (the climate is too dry), poison oak is very common, and could have easily have been the source of the rash. This discrepancy was not addressed and he would not have had a probable cause to arrest her. See more »

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Viveca Scott: Do I know you?
Columbo: You don't know me, ma'am, but I sure know you. Every time I shave, there ya are. It's a pleasure.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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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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Lovely but Lethal is Classic!
12 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My biggest complaint is that we don't see much of Vera Miles anymore acting wise. She really holds this Columbo episode together. As the main character, Vivika Scott, she really brings her to life better than anybody else around. Sian Barbara Allen who plays the female spy with some suspicious tendencies toward Vivika. I do not know whether she is coming on to her or wants to be more like her. Her character is quite interesting. Vincent Price is exceptionally wonderful in his small supporting role as Vivika's main competitor. A young Martin Sheen is fabulous as the young chemist who wants more from the possible youth cream. There are some lighthearted moments like when Columbo visits Vivika's fat farm. The episode could have been longer too and that is one of my biggest complaints with it. It could have been a better two hour episode than ninety minutes on a Saturday afternoon. I always enjoy Columbo at that time. Vera Miles role as Vivika Scott is memorable for her fans. I only wish Vera Miles would act more even now.


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