Columbo: Season 5, Episode 1

Forgotten Lady (14 Sep. 1975)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Grace Wheeler Willis
Dr. Henry Willis
Ned Diamond
Linda Gaye Scott ...
Alma (as Linda Scott)
Robert F. Simon ...
Dr. Westrum
Sgt. Leftkowitz
Ross Elliott ...
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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Columbo asserts that the movie Walking My Baby Back Home is one hour and forty five minutes long. In fact, the actual running time for the movie is one hour and thirty five minutes. 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 »


Grace Wheeler Willis: That policeman's starting to get on my nerves.
Ned Diamond: What's he still hanging around for?
Grace Wheeler Willis: He says... he's searching for a crystal-clear reason why Henry killed himself. I've tried to be patient, helpful, but the point is Henry did, and he just keeps bringing up painful memories.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


Speak Low
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Ogden Nash
Performed by Janet Leigh and John Payne
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Cast of Great Veteran Actors Made This a Great TV FILM!
2 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Decided to watch a "Columbo" TV series and was quite surprised to see John Payne(Ned Diamond),"Footlight Serenade",'42, who was a super star in the 30's and 40's, appearing in many pictures and mostly Musicals. It was great to see Janet Leigh(Grace Wheeler Willis),"Two Tickets to Broadway",'51, who appeared with John Payne in "Footlight Serenade",42 along with Betty Grable. The entire plot kept me spellbound and I was happy to see Grace & Ned dancing together and John Payne doing a good job of singing briefly. Grace looked great for her age at the time and still kept a great figure, which enabled her to climb out a window and down a tree! Maurice Evans(Raymond),"Rosemary's Baby",'68, played the role of a great butler who was constantly trying to pick up cigar ashes from Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk),"Too Many Thieves",'66. Lt. Columbo had a funny scene giving his dog companion a nice ICE CREAM CONE! and telling him to "clean himself up!." Sam Jaffe(Dr. Henry Willis),"The Dunwich Horror",'70 played the husband to Grace and wanted to travel around the world with her! This particular Columbo series is very special because this was the last picture that John Payne performed in and it was nice seeing Janet Leigh as his true love to the very END!

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