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?
The made-up movie Song And Dance, that laid the groundwork to possibly revive Grace Wheeler's career, is based on That's Entertainment, a popular showcase highlighting musicals of the Golden Era of Hollywood. See more
One of the reasons Columbo used to accuse Grace Wheeler of committing the crime was the time she took to watch "Walking the baby", 2+ hours instead of 1 hr 45 min, the length of the movie. It can take more than N minutes to watch a movie/video of N minutes, even back in the days before VCR and DVD.
There are many reasons that people take a break when watching a film, thus it takes a longer time to complete the viewing. Pause the film to go to the bathroom is a very good reason. Furthermore, Columbo couldn't account for the possible 11 minutes (after the tape broke) that the screen went blank, and used that as the reason that Grace stepped out to kill her husband. It's after mid-night. People can doze off while watching a film. Just because the viewing time is greater than the length of the movie, it does not mean that the viewer must have stepped out and committed a murder. See more
Dr. Henry Willis
Half a million dollars is not a drop in the bucket to anybody, with the possible exception of the Shah of Iran and Howard Hughes.
Music by Paul Lincke
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Janet Leigh
from movie Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) See more