A faded dance star of film and stage murders her husband and makes it look like a suicide; Lt. Columbo doubts her seemingly perfect alibi.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Grace Wheeler Willis
Dr. Henry Willis
Ned Diamond
Linda Gaye Scott ...
Alma (as Linda Scott)
Dr. Westrum
Sgt. Leftkowitz
Dr. Lansberg
Jerome Guardino ...
Danny Wells ...
Bookstore Clerk
Harvey Gold ...


Grace Wheeler Willis was a star, a very famous star. Every night in her house she sees one of her old movies. When she decides to set up a new show and her husband refuses to finance it, Grace coldly kills him, staging a suicide. Lt. Columbo is not deceived from her performance. But at the end, the murderer will escape her sentence, or perhaps not. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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14 September 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Columbo asserts that the movie Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) is one hour and 45 minutes long. In fact, the actual running time for the movie is one hour and 35 minutes. See more »


Dr. Willis falls asleep with both hands under the book. When Grace Willis enters the room a few minutes later to stage the suicide, his right arm is laying extended against his body above the covers and his left hand is under the covers. See more »


Raymond: [fining Columbo at the front door] Yes? Oh. Not YOU again. I spent the whole morning cleaning up after your men.
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References This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »


South Rampart Street Parade
Written by Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc
Sung by Janet Leigh and The Modernaire
From the movie "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" (1953)
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The greatest of all Colombo episodes
14 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is without question the greatest Colombo episode of all time.The acting of Janet Leigh is breath taking, stunning and captivating.I have watched this episode several times and I never grow tired of watching it.The acting is superb on all levels by the entire cast and will keep you tied to the screen until the very end which takes a different twist then other Colombo episodes.Had this been a Movie on the silver screen it would be as well known as other great classic movies of the past. The entire fifth season is worth looking at but forgotten lady is the all time peak of all Colombo movies.You will find yourself singing to the Janet Leigh movie shown during the episode called Walking my baby.

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