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
Dr. MacMurray (Joshua Bryant) first appears with Commissioner Halperin after his wife's murder, reminding him to take the pills he prescribed for him. A few minutes later, as the body is taken away, Columbo asks him to check for a few things in the autopsy. A personal physician and a coroner? See more
A little early in the evening for this burglar, isn't it, Commissioner?
You never know, Pete. Clocks don't mean a thing in an empty house, you know.
References Strangers on a Train
Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played at funeral See more