Columbo (1971–2003)
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Forgotten Lady 

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
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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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: [to Grace] 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.
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Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


Glow Worm
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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The greatest of all Colombo episodes
14 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is without question the greatest Colombo episode of all time.The acting of Janet Leigh is breath taking, stunning and captivating.I have watched this episode several times and I never grow tired of watching it.The acting is superb on all levels by the entire cast and will keep you tied to the screen until the very end which takes a different twist then other Colombo episodes.Had this been a Movie on the silver screen it would be as well known as other great classic movies of the past. The entire fifth season is worth looking at but forgotten lady is the all time peak of all Colombo movies.You will find yourself singing to the Janet Leigh movie shown during the episode called Walking my baby.

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