Columbo: Season 13, Episode 3

Ashes to Ashes (8 Oct. 1998)

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After a much maligned Hollywood gossip columnist is murdered by her former lover, Columbo tries to find a way to prove he was responsible for the crime.

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Hollywood gossip reporter, Verity Chandler is planning her next expose. Which is to reveal how famed mortician, Eric Prince built his empire. When she reveals to Prince her plans he kills her. He then places her in the casket of a man scheduled to be cremated. And cremates her. He then goes to her house and changes the story she was working on to make it seem someone else wanted to get her. When no one hears from her, the police are called in and Lt. Columbo is on the job. Eentually he learns that she went to a funeral at Prince's and talks to him. And he finds his behavior odd. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Catherine McGoohan (Rita) is the real life daughter of Patrick McGoohan (Eric Prince). See more »

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After Verity is struck with the first blow, we see her lying face up on the tiled floor. Mr. Prince then strikes her again with a mighty blow that would inevitably have had to move the body at least minimally. Yet the next shot of Verity is precisely the one we just saw, with the body positioned in the identical spot on the floor tiles and the angles of her body and head not having moved a millimeter. See more »

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Follows Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (1995) See more »

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Columbo fan gives nod for Ashes to Ashes
8 August 2000 | by (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm a great Columbo fan and Ashes to Ashes certainly didn't disappoint me in any way, shape or form. Peter Falk, as usual is splendid as Lt. Columbo. Patrick McGoohan, as stern and sometime wry undertaker Eric Prince, plays his role precisely and believably. He had played in previous Columbo movies. Rue McClanahan plays gossip columnist Verity Chandler with such magic and charm that we want to see much, much more of her. Sally Kellerman plays Liz Houston convincingly. Along with the rest of the actors in this wonderful movie, the viewer will not be disappointed at the end of the movie. If you adore mystery and Columbo, this movie is for you! It's to be noted that it's not just the main actors that make this movie work. All actors play their parts exceptionally.


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