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>
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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 locked her nephew in the safe, she looked at the alarm switch, which was turned off, hesitated, then closed the door. Later, Columbo tells Abigail that the alarm was turned on. See more
You know, I can remember the only new car my father ever bought. How proud he was. The way it smelled. Kind of like the inside of a Pullman car. It wasn't like this though, I'll tell you that.
My father never owned a car. Not until I bought him one. I was 20; I'd just sold my first book. Shall we compare poverty stories, Lieutenant?
Not in a Rolls Royce, ma'am.
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