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
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and Rosemary Murphy
had not met before shooting their first scene, where Kiley's character Mark Halperin dives into a swimming pool to pull out his drowned wife, played by Murphy, and attempts to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Upon finishing the scene, Kiley held out his hand to Murphy and said, "How do you do? I'm Richard Kiley." See more
Browsing through different police files of suspected known criminals in an attempt to identify Caldwell's blackmailer, commissioner Halperin recognizes Artie Jessup by his file photo even though he never actually saw him before. Only Caldwell had met and seen him, in a bar. See more
[to his wife
Darling, if you're embarrassed by all your millions, why don't you just sign them over to me? They wouldn't embarrass me in the least.
References Strangers on a Train
Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played at funeral See more