A psychiatrist who is married, is having an affair. His wife threatens to divorce him and take him to the cleaners if she ever catches him. So along with his mistress he plans to kill her and make it seem like she was killed by an intruder. He goes out of town as part of his plan and returns to find the police there investigating and the man investigating is Lt. Columbo. Columbo is a little odd and he asks the man some questions that he finds intrusive. Columbo continues to question him and the man's friend an ADA warns Columbo to watch his step. But Columbo goes on.
The perfect crime had one flaw.
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Did You Know?
The reception room at Dr. Flemming's office features a distinctive painting, of trees and white houses with red roofs, which is prominent in several scenes. This same painting later appears in Columbo: Suitable for Framing
(1971), as part of the art collection sliced and stolen by Dale Kingston. See more
Lt. Columbo noted that when Dr. Flemming enters the apartment, he doesn't call out to his wife. This causes Lt. Columbo to be suspicious of the doctor.
Yet, earlier, when Dr. Flemming returns to his apartment after visiting Ms. Hudson , and he knows his wife is home, he does not call out for her. He is being consistent with his character's attitude towards his wife. See more
Dr. Ray Flemming
You're an intelligent man, Columbo, but you hide it.
The beginning credits feature a series of brightly colored animated splotches. The splotches were meant to resemble the ink blots used in a Rorschach test, as the villain in this movie was a psychiatrist. See more
Referenced in Columbo: Murder by the Book