Columbo: Season 7, Episode 3

Make Me a Perfect Murder (25 Feb. 1978)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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An Emmy-winning TV executive kills her lover (who is also her boss); Lt. Columbo is on the case.

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Kay Freestone
Laurence Luckinbill ...
Mark McAndrews
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Walter Mearhead (as James Mc Eachin)
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Luther
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Valerie Kirk
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TV Repairman
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Jonathan (as Kenneth Gilman)
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Frank Flanagan
Milt Kogan ...
Dubbing Chief
Dee Timberlake ...
Madge
Don Eitner ...
Pete Cockrum
Morgan Upton ...
Ames
Joe Warfield ...
Al Staley
George Skaff ...
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Kay Freestone is a West Coast TV executive whose boss, Mark McAndrews, is also her secret lover. When he gets promoted to a position in New York, he dumps her - and even denies her the job he's leaving. Her consolation prize is a new Mercedes. She's more interested in the gun he drops on the bed - after he jokingly invites her to shoot him. Joking or not, she takes him up on it. Later, he's found shot to death in his office. Kay seems to have been in the projection room when it happened. She was screening her pet project - a violent TV film called "The Professionals" - for her superiors. When our rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo investigates, he learns this Emmy-winning producer can commit a bloody act just as well as film it. Written by J. Spurlin

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George C. Scott appears as an uncredited TV studio technician. Scott was the husband of main guest star Trish Van Devere. See more »

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In this movie, the image of Columbo's car, sitting in the parking lot, can be seen reflecting off the glass of the CNC building as Kay enters it, before she commits the murder. See more »

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Mark McAndrews: Make me a perfect murder, babe.
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Features Bolero (1934) See more »

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Oh, My Darlin' Clemintine
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Traditional American ballad sometimes credited to Percy Montrose (1884)
Sung by Peter Falk as part of opening medley
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An enjoyable Columbo mystery
1 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Trish Van Devere revels her role as Kay Freestone, a high-flying TV producer who murders her boyfriend after he fails to give her a well-earned promotion. Devere portrays Freestone in a strong-minded manner, a woman who takes absolutely no prisoners in her goal to reach the top. But she didn't count on a certain Lt. Columbo! This story is told to great effect, with great interaction between Devere and the legendary Peter Falk, although I did feel as if Lainie Kazan's character Valerie Kirk was rather unnecessary. As usual with the Columbo series, we get the usual gaffes and humorous moments, in this case, involving a car crash in which our great Lt. has to wear a neck brace, as well as a scene in which his television is being repaired! A satisfactory conclusion brings the case to a head, and left me very convinced (as Columbo usually does). A thoroughly enjoyable episode in the Columbo series. 7/10


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