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
In talking with Janie, Ruth's arms change positions between shots from hanging at her sides to being folded. See more
Well, you've got some family, Miss Lytton. Everybody thinks I'm getting ready to arrest them.
Everybody but me.
Yes. It's a relief talking to you. I was beginning to feel like a policeman.
You ARE a policeman - and a good one. You say a thing when you're ready to say it and not before.
This Old Man
English folk children's counting song.
Whistled by Peter Falk See more