Columbo: Season 2, Episode 5

Requiem for a Falling Star (21 Jan. 1973)

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A faded movie actress commits murder. Lt. Columbo, one of her biggest fans, is on the case.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Nora Chandler
Frank Converse ...
Mr. Fallon
Jean Davis
Dr. Frank Simmons
Jerry Parks
Sidney Miller ...
Director (as Sid Miller)
William Bryant ...
Sgt. Jeffries
John Archer ...
Jack Griffin ...
Gate Guard
Robert E. Meredith ...
Bart Burns ...
Sgt. Fields


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 J. Spurlin

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Among the photos on Mel Ferrer's office wall are Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Rudolph Valentino, Sammy Davis Jr., Carole Lombard. Leo Carillo, Gary Cooper, W.C. Fields, and Carmen Miranda. There are two photos of Clark Gable. See more »


The Jaguar sports car was incinerated and its burned-out hulk was impounded by the police. Yet its tires were unscathed. See more »


Lt. Columbo: You know, a part of me really didn't want 'em to add up.
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They could have had a better title!
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To start with, I always forget the episode with Anne Baxter who I believe is one of America's greatest actresses. Also, I can't forget Kevin McCarthy who is equally prolific and long overlooked as one of America's most talented and versatile actors. Anyway, the story of Anne Baxter playing a movie star who lives on the lot and refuses to turn over the property for tons of money is suspicious. Anyway, Columbo smells murder when her beloved assistant, Jean Davis, is murdered. Falk and Baxter's scenes together are always worth watching again and again. Falk's Columbo is starstruck but not dumbstruck by seeing a movie star involved in such a crime. Anne Baxter's character could have used a little more work in the storyline but she does a superb job in acting her out and she is simply of the grandest actresses of old Hollywood.

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