An aging but successful and wealthy crime fiction writer blames the death of her niece on the girl's husband. One night she invites him up to the house to sign their wills before getting him to leave and return within a few minutes so she can spring a trap (locking him in her soundproof safe). Detective Columbo arrives and suspects the writer of murder but clues are few and far between. Written by
Scott Dawson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
The ship shown as Abigail Mitchell and Veronica prepare to depart on their cruise is the American President Lines vessel SS President Wilson. Sold to CY Tung's Orient Overseas Line in mid-1973, some four years before this episode aired, she was renamed Oriental Empress and given a brand-new livery. The fact that her much earlier American President Lines livery is seen in this episode indicates that this was actually stock footage. See more
When Abigail and Edmund are signing their wills, Abigail holds Edmund's will open with her left hand, while Edmund's will overlaps Abigail's. When the scene changes to an overhead shot, Abigail is no longer holding open Edmund's will, and neither will overlaps the other. See more
[about Columbo's basset hound
Is he all right?
Well, yes, ma'am. Do you see something wrong?
He seems to be scraping bottom.
Well, that's the way they were made.
References Gone with the Wind
This Old Man
Traditional English children's marching song
[First two lines played by Peter Falk on piano. Later he whistles it.] See more