Columbo: Season 7, Episode 3

Make Me a Perfect Murder (25 Feb. 1978)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 885 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 3 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

, (created by), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 911 titles
created 17 Aug 2011
 
a list of 2211 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 3161 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 5330 titles
created 29 May 2012
 
a list of 69 titles
created 26 Apr 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Make Me a Perfect Murder (25 Feb 1978)

Make Me a Perfect Murder (25 Feb 1978) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Columbo.
« Previous Episode | 42 of 68 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 February 1978 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Features Bolero (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, My Darlin' Clemintine
(uncredited)
Traditional American ballad sometimes credited to Percy Montrose (1884)
Sung by Peter Falk as part of opening medley
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

He almost deserved it!
6 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not saying any person should be killed, but the coldness Mark(Laurence Luckinbill)gives to Kay(Trish Van Devere), after getting a big time job offer, even made ME want to hit him. Let me mention that Van Devere is terrific as the scorned woman, and she was the best among a field of Patrick O'Neal, who was also very good in a cameo or 2, Lainie Kazan, whose New York accent you could chop off with an ax, Ron Rifkin, reliable James McEachin, and Columbo veteran Bruce Kirby. The best scene for me was when Columbo is getting his TV fixed, as the repairman(Kirby)talks to Columbo about his dog, who is also in the shop. Kirby and Peter Falk have good chemistry together, although Kirby's characters usually talk down to Columbo. Look for the rare appearance of a late 70's Mustang, a strange looking model which doesn't get much publicity. Although I sometimes criticize how silly the murderer acts around Columbo, I felt Van Devere gave a somewhat realistic performance as the walls came closing in on her.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Season 4 Episode 4 Troubled Waters question bradp56
I'm done with Columbo on Hallmark! lanceus
Fade in to Murder (Goof?) McCartney42
Please answer this question for me about Any Old Port Justice5
What actor/actress would you have liked to seen as the villain? KenClement
Are the ABC reboot episodes (late '80s+) worth watching? Moon_Doggie
Discuss Make Me a Perfect Murder (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?