Columbo (1971–2003)
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Make Me a Perfect Murder 

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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Freestone
Mark McAndrews
Walter Mearhead (as James Mc Eachin)
Valerie Kirk
TV Repairman
Jonathan (as Kenneth Gilman)
Frank Flanagan
Milt Kogan ...
Dubbing Chief
Dee Timberlake ...
Pete Cockrum
Morgan Upton ...
Joe Warfield ...
Al Staley
George Skaff ...
The Producer


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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25 February 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The old boarded-up house where Columbo meets Kate Freestone, is the same "post disaster" house set used in the Universal film "Earthquake", released just a few years before. See more »


In the beginning, just before his fender bender, one can see that Columbo's car is already damaged before he is rear ended. (This presumes it was meant to be undamaged before struck.) See more »


Columbo: [to Kay] Interesting, isn't it, how you can work these small things out if you just think about it... like you got a tiny voice whisperin' right in your ear trying to tell you who did it?
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The Lady Is a Tramp
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by Laurence Luckinbill
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Make me a more concise murder story
23 July 2006 | by (Port Talbot, South Wales,UK) – See all my reviews

The ambitious lover and chief assistant to a top TV network programmer exacts murderous revenge when he gets promoted to a high-profile New York post and decides that she has not had enough experience to accompany him in that job.

Quite a freshly plotted Columbo episode considering it was made at the tail-end of the original series; it features quite an engaging and gritty performance from Trish Van Devere as the murderess who is very good at exhibiting her character's misfiring and impatient ambition.

The plot is cleverly and systematically developed: the murderess's grip on the prize job she temporarily acquire's after her lover's demise is dramatically loosened by the ironically erratic decision-making that her lover alluded to prior to his death, in line with the other harassment of Columbo's increasingly revealing investigation.

The main weakness of this Columbo adventure is that it wreaks of padding to satisfy a 120 minute slot - it could easily have been done in 90 minutes: the plot is bloated with prolonged scenes that add no value to the story, particularly the misjudged sub-plot involving a trouble-stricken actress on a TV show.

The circumstantial clues stack up against the murderess quite entertainingly and many of Columbo's intuitive observations are of a reassuringly high-standard, but the murder weapon scenario is rather unconvincing to say the least.

A Columbo story that probably would have had a higher mark but for its damaging protractedness; nevertheless, a story that is not without its merits.

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