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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Did You Know?
Gena Rowlands was the wife of actor/director John Cassavetes, who had been the killer in the 1972 episode "Etude in Black". Cassavetes and Peter Falk were friends and ultimately worked together on six films. See more
The tape outline of the body on the ramp does not match the actual position of the body. The tape outline is much farther up the ramp with the head on the upper level of the floor. When the body is shown during the murder, the entire body is on the ramp. See more
Harold Van Wick
Margaret, dear, have you done something to your hair?
Harold Van Wick
That's what I thought.
Ballade No.1 in g-minor, op.23
Written by Frédéric Chopin See more