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 chief of the police. 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
(at around 41 mins) Mark Halperin (Richard Kiley) refers to the murder plot as a "Quid Quo Pro" instead of as a Quid Pro Quo. See more
[to Columbo about the corpse
Good-looking broad except for the, uh, marks around her neck.
References Strangers on a Train
Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played at funeral See more