Columbo (1971–2003)
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Requiem for a Falling Star 

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
Mr. Fallon
Jean Davis
Dr. Frank Simmons
Jerry Parks
Edith Head
Sidney Miller ...
Director (as Sid Miller)
Sgt. Jeffries
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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21 January 1973 (USA)  »

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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 »


Lt. Columbo: You know, a part of me really didn't want 'em to add up.
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Hardly a falling star of the series, in fact I thought it was quite good
10 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Requiem for a Falling Star I thought was a generally solid entry in one of my favourite shows of all time, but I don't consider it one of the better ones. It is another change of formula sort of episode, where Columbo for a while picks the wrong person, and it is mostly successful. I do have to agree though that Falk is made to act a little too obtuse here, and it really doesn't feel like him. While it is compellingly paced a vast majority of the time, I did feel some of the middle of the episode dragged, and the coincidence that helps Columbo I also agree is too much of a coincidence. However it is strikingly filmed, with an atmospheric music score, sharp writing that is at its best in the scenes between Columbo and Baxter and an interesting story where there is much more to it as it initially seems to be. Peter Falk is consistently wonderful as Columbo and Requiem for a Falling Star is no exception, Anne Baxter captivates as the edgy murderess, Mel Ferrer is wonderfully sleazy and under-appreciated Kevin McCarthy is good value. There is also a priceless cameo from Edith Head. All in all, quite good but not one of my favourites. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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