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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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Two old pros and a couple of neophytes make the show! See more (14 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

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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Richard Levinson  creator
William Link  creator

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  • Universal TV (from Universal City, California) (as Universal® Studios)
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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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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Viveca's nail polish changes color in close ups, from her usual pink to red.See more »
Quotes:
Columbo:Gee whiz, you'd think that they were building secret weapons around here.
Lab Attendant:Why, we're not?
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References Frankenstein (1931)See more »
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The Girl from IpamnemaSee more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Two old pros and a couple of neophytes make the show!, 2 April 2006
Author: Reginald D. Garrard from Camilla, GA

"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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