Lt. Columbo investigates the murder of Rudy Matthews, an art collector found shot to death in his home. The killer is the dead man's nephew, art critic Dale Kingston, who, with the help of his accomplice Tracy O'Connor, effectively masks the time of death to give himself an alibi at an art exhibit. From the outset, Columbo can't quite understand why the thief would have first selected a painting of lesser value before suddenly switching to the two most valuable paintings after the killing. Kingston tries to point Columbo in the direction of his aunt, Matthews' ex-wife Edna. The fact that Matthews left his entire art collection to her seems to support that idea. Columbo isn't buying it and sets a clever trap for him.
garykmcd / corrected by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
The barely-glimpsed actor playing Dale Kingston's uncle is B-movie icon Robert Shayne
, who played Inspector Henderson on the "Superman" TV series. See more
When Tracy leaves the mansion, she pushes open the sliding door that had been altered to look like it was jimmied open, and left it wide open while she exited the premises. Moments later, the security guard explores that direction and the sliding doors are once again closed. See more
[Dale Kingston's confederate recoils at the sight of the body of Dale's uncle
Pull yourself together. There's no reason to be frightened. Just my uncle. I assure you he's far more amiable now than he ever was when he was alive.
Etude in E major op. 10 No. 3
by Frédéric Chopin
Heard during the murder sequence See more