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
Did You Know?
Janet Leigh is a guest star of this episode. Leigh's daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, later appeared as a waitress in the episode Bye Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case. See more
(at around 9 mins) Dr. Willis tells Grace, "Listen to reason, Rosie," using her screen name in the movie that later plays downstairs, rather than her real name. See more
Anyway, what difference does it make? It doesn't mean anything.
Oh, it means a great deal, sir. It goes to the very heart of the matter.
References This Gun for Hire
Music by Paul Lincke
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Janet Leigh
from movie Walking My Baby Back Home
(1953) See more