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 »

Goofs

When Kay is reaching for the gun on the roof of the elevator, its position changes constantly between shots. See more »

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Dubbing chief: [to Columbo] If there's anything worse than a television lady who thinks she knows everything, it a television lady who knows everything.
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Features Bolero (1934) See more »

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Woman Executive will do anything for success
1 May 2002 | by (Fairfield, Connecticut) – See all my reviews

I've read previous comments on this movie. The premise of this movie is a Television executive [Trish Van Devere] wants a promotion she feels is justly deserved. She finds out that her boyfriend has been given the job, he gives her a Mercedes as a consolation prize, of course, she kills him. Temporarily the affiliate gives her the job, until they can find a replacement. This was a great episode! Columbo once again makes the suspect sweat as he gets closer to solving the crime. Ms. Van Devere plays the part of the villain perfectly. She isn't a trained killer, she knows it, and plays the part of a frightened novice criminal with perfection. I'm a die hard Columbo fan from the very beginning of the show. This episode is one of the best.


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