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
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
(at around 37 mins) Columbo gestures with his right hand, but when the camera changes to an over-the-shoulder shot, he's pointing at Kay with his left hand. This alteration between hands continues as the cameras change. See more
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?
Yankee Doodle Dandy
(uncredited) (aka "The Yankee Doodle Boy")
Composed by George M. Cohan
Sung by Peter Falk
in opening medley See more