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
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Did You Know?
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
(at around 1 min) During Columbo and Abigail Mitchell's meeting at the dock, Columbo bends down to unhook Dog's leash while Dog is facing the ocean. When the shot changes, Dog is suddenly facing the opposite direction. See more
Just think, Lieutenant, if you had investigated my niece's death, all this need never have happened.
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