Columbo: Season 5, Episode 1

Forgotten Lady (14 Sep. 1975)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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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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Grace Wheeler Willis
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Raymond
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Dr. Henry Willis
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Ned Diamond
Linda Gaye Scott ...
Alma (as Linda Scott)
Robert F. Simon ...
Dr. Westrum
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Sgt. Leftkowitz
Ross Elliott ...
Dr. Lansberg
Jerome Guardino ...
Harris
Danny Wells ...
Bookstore Clerk
Harvey Gold ...
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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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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 »

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After forcing the gun from the dead doctor's hand, the doctor's fingers twitch on their own. See more »

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Columbo: [alluding to his compulsiveness] A light goes on up here... and sometimes I can't turn it off.
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References Scarface (1932) See more »

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Music by Paul Lincke (1902)
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer (1952)
Performed by Janet Leigh from movie Walking My Baby Back Home (1953)
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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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