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?
Peter S. Feibleman, who wrote this episode's teleplay, cameos as Milton Shaeffer, the museum's security guard. See more
When Columbo offers to walk Ruth home, his left hand touches his face, but when the scene changes to a different camera, his hands are clasped together below the belt line. See more
You know, when I say "Homicide Department," most women, they act a little upset, so I try and calm 'em with a little chit-chat. I've been doing that for so long that I forgot to notice that you weren't upset. Forgive me for wandering off.
I've disappointed you. My sister won't. You needn't even bother saying "homicide." "Foul play" will do it. She faints.
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