Columbo (1971–2003)
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Lovely But Lethal 

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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Lab Attendant Doug
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Richard Stahl ...
Burton (as Dick Stahl)
Marc Hannibal ...
Fingerprint Man
David Toma ...
Policeman
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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23 September 1973 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

Immediate beginning of the episode: woman sees doctor wearing rubber gloves from her perspective, but he wears no gloves from his perspective (when he touches her face) and then gloves again from her perspective. See more »

Quotes

Viveca Scott: Lieutenant, I did not kill Karl Lessing. I couldn't kill a fly.
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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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Two old pros and a couple of neophytes make the show!
2 April 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

"Columbo" had successfully completed two years in the NBC lineup by the time this episode aired. Peter Falk was more than accustomed to the role and he knew every amusing quirk about the beloved character. This particular installment deals with the cutthroat world of cosmetics, a world where loyalty is bought and sold with the ease of putting on some mascara or cologne. Vera Miles, an actress that always seemed destined for greater stardom (she had been selected by Hitchcock to star in "Vertigo"), is outstanding as a cosmetics queen that contends with the treachery of an employer, a very young Martin Sheen. Sian Barbara Allen, another performer that eluded stardom's golden ring, plays a lackey of Miles's competition and is good in her supporting role.

And the legendary Vincent Price plays "David Lang," Miles's chief rival. Though his part is mostly a cameo, he brings about an air of distinction to the show, something that he always displayed in over one hundred films.

The ninety-minute airing time of the episode makes it move swiftly and enjoyably to its nifty conclusion.


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