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
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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 ...
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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 film Psycho (1960) in which Vera Miles co-starred, the character Norman Bates gives the famous line "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly". In this episode, the character Viveca Scott played by Ms. Miles gives the line to the ever inquisitive Detective Columbo "I didn't kill Karl Lessing. I couldn't kill a fly." See more »

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Safe door is already open before she turns the dial to unlock it. See more »

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Karl Lessing: Just think how many years Dr. Frankenstein must have spent on his research.
Dr. Murchison: Yes, heh, but he only made one little monster.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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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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A satisfyingly good episode
30 December 2004 | by (Garner, NC) – See all my reviews

Vera Miles as cosmetics mogul Viveca Scott is a rareified hoot. Vera Miles at her all time best. Sian Barbara Allen ( a 1970's TV-Movie staple), a young Martin Sheen, and the always eloquent Vincent Price show up as fine supporting players. Seems the high-strung Viveca killed her researcher (Sheen) to silence him as he had news that the newest cosmetic cream is a hoax, a failure. Vincent Price shows up as a rival cosmetics tycoon who uses Sian Barbara Allen as a spy. Meanwhile, Fred Draper, a John Casavettes regular has a field day as the drunken plastic surgeon Dr. Murcheson. Levinson and Link's TV show COLUMBO was at the very least, classy. It had a great formula, and was social commentary on the motives of the L.A. rich.

This is a delicious episode you shouldn't miss. Buy it on Amazon, you won't regret it.


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