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?
Ruth Gordon was (and still is) the oldest star ever to play the murderer in "Columbo", at age 81 at the time of filming. 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
My car's right here. It's French. Very rare.
[Abigail looks at Columbo's car, dust-covered, front grill manged, and with license plate askew
Uh, yes. Oh, I can see why.
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