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?


Janet Leigh's character refers to her role in Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) as Rosie. Actually her character was called Chris in that movie, but she did play a character called Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie (1963). See more »


When Grace arrives home from the premiere early in the movie (3:50), she sweeps in through the heavy front door and pushes the door with her hand to shut it. There is a distinct closing noise, but the door never does actually close. See more »


Columbo: [to Grace] From my experience, ma'am, I've discovered that people don't usually forget to do that which they usually do.
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References The Towering Inferno (1974) See more »


Walking My Baby Back Home
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Heard over main titles of movie that's projected and heard in mirror scene
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John Payne Steals The Movie
15 February 1999 | by (Stony Brook NY) – See all my reviews

Even though Janet Leigh plays perhaps the most sympathetic killer of any Columbo mystery (due to her health in story) the guest performance of John Payne is outstanding as her former song and dance movie partner. Peter Falk as always is excellent as Lt. Columbo and veterans Maurice Evans and Sam Jaffe turn in thier trademark performances as men of fine culture.

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