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
Kip Gilman ...
Jonathan (as Kenneth Gilman)
Frank Flanagan
Dubbing Chief
Dee Timberlake ...
Pete Cockrum
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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At 1:35, when Columbo is trying to fix the rear view mirror on his Peueot and causes an accident, his car already has the rear end damage attributed to the accident. See more »


When Kay is recording the time to let her know how much time she has to get back to the projector room during her crime spree, one can hear her saying the countdown as 30 seconds, then 20 seconds, then 10 seconds, 9 seconds, etc; however, when she is going back to the projector room after the murder one can hear her saying the countdown and it gets to 30 seconds, then this is when the goof occurs, she then says 25 seconds, then 20 seconds, then 15 seconds, then 10 seconds, 9 seconds etc. See more »


Kay Freestone: It doesn't matter. It's only a show. I've got a million of them, Kiddo.
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Features Bolero (1934) See more »


'Scene from the 2nd Act of THE NUTCRACKER
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Columbo hears it at the monitor room
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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.

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