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 Columbo and his sergeants examine the dead body in the phone booth, Columbo refers to one of the sergeants as "Carter;" but, when he later talks to Ruth Lytton in the same room, Columbo refers to the same sergeant as "Sergeant Shaw." Sergeant Carter/Shaw is played by Mike Lally
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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.
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