Hugh Caldwell kills his wife Janice and in despair asks for the help of his friend and neighbor Mark Halperin. Mark helps a friend in deed, of course, so the death appears to be the job of a thief, but Lt. Columbo has some doubts. There is not a single fingerprint of the deceased in her house and he begins to suspect Halperin. Unfortunately for Lt. Columbo, Halperin is the deputy police commissioner. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
Did You Know?
The funeral home featured in the stock shot (at around 36 mins) is not California. It is the luxurious Ephrussi de Rothschild villa and gardens in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. This location is notably featured in the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again. See more
After arguing with his wife at the bar, Artie Jessup (Val Avery) goes to the pool table to shoot nine ball, but he places the balls in the rack incorrectly. Traditionally, the one ball is placed at the apex of the diamond on the table spot, the other balls are placed sequentially behind the one ball, from 2 through 8, except for the 9 ball which goes in the middle of the diamond. The 8 ball is placed at the back of the diamond. See more
Commisioner, I believe you killed your wife, and I believe you either killed Janice Caldwell or you're covering up for it.
You just lost your badge, my friend.
References Strangers on a Train
Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played at funeral See more