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
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During "Ashes to Ashes" filming, on an early morning at Universal City's studio stage, director Patrick McGoohan blocked and rehearsed the vitriolic murder scene in the stage set's funeral home mortuary complex; in the embalming mortuary laboratory crematorium suite. The scene is between 'Patrick Prince' (Patrick McGoohan) as he strangles his former lover 'Verity Chandler' (Rue McClanahan). The scene's action and motivation involves 'Verity Chandler' - a nasty devious miserably wicked evil tongued Hollywood gossip columnist and the funeral home's owner/mortician 'Patrick Prince' who is seething with resentment, controlled anger with murderous blood thirsty revenge to kill; like two fascinating characters composed of Shaw, Chekov and Shakespeare. The scene's action begins in the funeral home's foyer/viewing chapel when Prince invites his manipulated butterfly Verity into his inner-sanctum preparation laboratory lair. Once inside the lab, Prince locks the entry-door, closing in on his beautiful unprepared victim Verity Chandler like a spider spinning his web. The murder scene (as scripted) had specific dialogue but no staged motivation. Observing the two actors initially block their motivation and movement, after entering the lab, with director/actor Patrick's basic plan, was like observing two actors choreographing their pas de deux outcome of a complex sequence of the eventful scene! Interestingly, the lab had a sink wall with a mirror above the sink tub crib. Patrick with McClanahan, together, blocked the scene entirely focused on the camera's point of view, using the mirror as a second camera capturing their facial reactions during their pas de deux denouement. Rehearsing the scene together, with the entire crew standing on the side-line, was fascinating observing the two actors create and develop their confrontation for the scene's climax. See more
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