Faded movie actress Nora Chandler is being blackmailed by a gossip columnist, Jerry Parks. Parks is also romancing Chandler's secretary, who knows all the great star's secrets. Chandler in desperation blows up the columnist's car - but it turns out her secretary was the one driving. Lt. Columbo, one of Nora's biggest fans, is on the case. Written by
This was the only Columbo (1971) music score not credited to any composer in the credit titles. The music was tracked from previous Columbo scores composed by Dick DeBenedictis and Oliver Nelson. However, both composers registered their "Requiem for a Falling Star" cues with their respective performing right societies: DeBenedictis with ASCAP and Nelson with BMI. See more »
Exterior shots of Nora Chandler's bungalow, shot on the Universal back lot show the front door with brass colored hardware knobs. The Interior set front door hardware is dark brown in color and does not match. Take note that the brick wall right outside the front door of the bungalow is closer on the interior set and much farther from the front doors on the exterior shots. See more »
Anne Baxter stars as a once famous film actress named Nora Chandler who is being blackmailed by a gossip writer named Jerry Parks(played by Mel Ferrer) that she wants to get rid of, but in a seemingly tragic accident, kills her assistant Jean Davis(played by Pippa Scott) instead, though Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) isn't so convinced that it was a mistaken hit, but suspects an incident from her past as a bigger motive, which pains him as he is a fan of Chandler's films, though of course Columbo must always get his man...or woman. Kevin McCarthy guest stars. Interesting plot which contains some amusing on-set in-jokes about Hollywood.
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