Electronics expert Harold Van Wick has wired his estate-home with closed-circuit television cameras and video recorders. His costly fascination with gadgetry raises the ire of his frugal mother-in-law, who owns the firm where Van Wick is the chief executive. She orders him to resign, threatening to reveal his philandering ways discovered by her private detective, but Van Wick has already set in motion a scheme to murder his angry mother-in-law, recording her demise on video tape while feeding a recording of an empty study to the guard monitoring the estate's rooms on television screens at the gate to the Van Wick estate. Having already forced open a window and planted footprints outside it to make the kill look like the deed of a burglar, Van Wick timer-sets the recording of the murder to play while he is away at a social function, thus giving him an alibi. But Lieutenant Columbo - that super-smart detective in a rumpled raincoat - suspects Van Wick and asks incessant questions as he ... Written by
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Martha Scott plays the mother of Gena Rowland's character in this episode. In reality Scott was only six years older than Rowland. See more
A gunshot (both during the murder and during Columbo's re-enactment) causes the bedroom door to open, but does not cause the folding room-divider doors to close, despite being much closer. See more
I'm sorry to bother you again so soon.
Harold Van Wick
Perhaps it's more convenient for you, Lieutenant, if you just move in one of our guest rooms.
I'm a nuisance, I know, but I do have a problem.
Ballade No.1 in g-minor, op.23
Written by Frédéric Chopin See more