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"Columbo" Lovely But Lethal (1973)

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23 September 1973 (Season 3, Episode 1)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lovely but Lethal is Classic! See more (15 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Vera Miles ... Viveca Scott

Martin Sheen ... Karl Lessing
Sian Barbara Allen ... Shirley Blaine

Vincent Price ... David Lang

Gino Conforti ... Ferdy

Colby Chester ... Jerry
Fred Draper ... Murcheson

Bruce Kirby ... Lab Attendant Doug

John Finnegan ... Sergeant
Richard Stahl ... Burton (as Dick Stahl)
Marc Hannibal ... Fingerprint Man
David Toma ... Policeman
Layne Mathess ... Fashion Moderator (as Layne Matthess)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anne Ramsey ... Rough Masseuse (uncredited)

Dianne Travis ... Blonde Instructor (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jeannot Szwarc 
 
Writing credits
Jackson Gillis (teleplay)

Myrna Bercovici (story)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Douglas Benton .... producer
Robert F. O'Neill .... associate producer
Richard Levinson .... producer (uncredited)
William Link .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis  (as Dick De Benedictis)
 
Cinematography by
Harry L. Wolf (director of photography) (as Harry Wolf)
 
Film Editing by
Larry Lester 
 
Art Direction by
Loyd S. Papez 
 
Set Decoration by
George Gaines (set decorations)
 
Production Management
Kenny Williams .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Doran .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: Mystery Movie theme
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
Jackson Gillis .... executive story consultant
 

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USA:73 min
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Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005)

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Trivia:
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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Plot holes: 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 »
Quotes:
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 »
Soundtrack:
The Girl from IpamnemaSee more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Lovely but Lethal is Classic!, 12 December 2005
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

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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