A successful mystery writer suspects her niece's husband murdered her, and she exacts revenge by asphyxiating him in her house safe.

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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 <sdawson@easynet.co.uk>

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21 November 1977 (USA)  »

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In a play on the usual routine for a Columbo episode, Ruth Gordan's character Abigail Mitchell several times says, oh lieutenant "one more thing." As her character is also a detective of sorts (in fact, an experienced mystery writer), this seems to fit well and we (the audience) don't question it. See more »

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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 »

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Abigail Mitchell: Besides, I have work to do with Lieutenant Columbo.
Lt. Columbo: [mocking] 'I have work to do with Lieutenant Columbo'. I wish Mrs. Columbo could hear that.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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This Old Man
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Traditional English children's marching song
[First two lines played by Peter Falk on piano. Later he whistles it.]
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simply fabulous, that's all
9 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Imagine regular old network television with a guest star of Ruth Gordon's stature - only on Columbo. Gordon plays a successful author who attempts to outsmart Columbo. You can already guess what happens. Falk and Gordon are great together. Mariette Hartley plays Gordon's secretary. Gordon does a wonderful star turn in this - she's a conniver, all right, but she's one who never fully recovered from a great tragedy in her life. You really side with her.

I've often wondered, as a major Columbo fan, what really happens to some of these characters when they go to trial. Do the charges stick? I think in the case of Ruth Gordon - she walks.


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