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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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
The Producer
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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 the beginning, just before his fender bender, one can see that Columbo's car is already damaged before he is rear ended. See more »

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Columbo: [to Kay] Interesting, isn't it how you can work out these small details out if you just think about it... like you have a tiny voice whispering in your ear trying to tell you who did it.
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Features Bolero (1934) See more »

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The Lady Is a Tramp
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by Laurence Luckinbill
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One of the best Columbo!
23 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George C. Scott's wife Trish Van Devere gives an excellent and memorable performance as a woman scorned by her secret boyfriend and network executive. I can't blame her character for being so upset. Her longtime secret male companion treats her like leftover meat. He plans to go to New YOrk City and take a top network job while she is treated with no indifference since she is the backbone and force behind the network. She makes few bad decisions but she knows too much and she feels used time and time again. I love her discussions with Columbo. They get along pretty well. Lainie Kazan has a supporting role playing a celebrity with a lot of personal and emotional problems. Too bad, there a not a lot of top television female executives around. The killing of her boss and lover shows that you don't mess with a strong, smart woman and expect to buy her love off with a car.


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