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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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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The doorstep of Beauty Mark Inc. is the same as the entrance to the airport terminal at the end of "Swan Song". See more »

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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 »

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Columbo: Uh, what I really wanna do is clear up some gossip I keep hearing - and this'll be my last question: Miss Scott, you're a beautiful woman, you got a lot of life in ya, handsome young man comes to work for ya, Mr. Lessing is an attractive single man...
Viveca Scott: And you heard that I might've dated him a couple of times, is that it? Well, that's quite true. Do you know how long ago that was? That was two years ago, and there've been hundreds since then. I like young men, Lieutenant, lots of them, and if ...
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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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