The Lytton family owns a museum. Siblings Ruth and Edward (curator and trustee, respectively) have devoted their lives to it, but with things not going so well, Edward has decided to sell it. Ruth doesn't agree and plans otherwise (the old-fashioned way). She has a niece, Janie, whom she loves more than her mother does, who has hired Milton Schaeffer, a petty thief and inveterate gambler (and the brother of her (Janie's) lover), as their new security guard. With a subsequent double-homicide on hand utilizing these details, Columbo delves into the family's personal history to help unravel spinster Ruth's ruthless scheme. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia / with additional information by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
The mansion that the Lyttons live in is the same one that Bruce Wayne lived in on the Batman TV series. See more
When Janey is in the police cell, Columbo is questioning her about her parents marrying. Her head is facing in his direction, then she turns to carry on reading her book. In the next camera shot, she is still facing him. See more
Aunt Ruth, he was in the Army, he can handle a gun, and he's the only one who was willing to work for that salary.
The Girl from Ipamena
("Garota de Ipamena") (uncredited)
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Portugese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Instrumental version heard in beauty salon See more