Lillian Stanhope and Nicholas Frame are two famed actors in London, a venerated husband and wife team set to act in 'Macbeth'. Producer Sir Roger Haversham had been Lillian's lover but finds out he has been deceived by the couple and is ab out to cancel their widely anticipated and lucrative engagement. During a dressing room brawl between the three, Haversham is accidentally killed when he is hit in the head by a projectile thrown by Stanhope. As Haversham had not been seen by any of the cast or crew before he entered the couple's dressing room, the couple decide to hide his body and later take the corpse to his mansion and stage his "accidental" death. However, Lt. Columbo, in London to learn about new investigation methods used by Scotland Yard, smells something fishy in this supposed accident.Written by
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Frame and Stanhope are performing "Macbeth" at the prestigious Royal Court Theatre, a Grade II listed building in London's Sloane Square. See more »
The sign outside the theatre advertises "In memoriam of Sir Roger Haversham". In Latin, "In memoriam" means "in memory of", so the sign translated into English would say "In memory of of (sic) Sir Roger Haversham". See more »
Det. Chief Supt. William Durk:
Uh, the lieutenant's here from Los Angeles for a few days. He's observing our latest techniques at the Yard.
How interesting. Let's hope some of it "rubs off," as they say.
Oh, thank you very much. I certainly hope so.
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John Fraser, who is Scottish, and Richard Pearson, who is Welsh, are credited as "From London - Special Guest Stars". See more »
The British Grenadiers
[British march from 1600s] See more »
A good, middle-of-the road Columbo. The world of hammy stage actors portrayed here can get a little tiring at times, but fortunately, these are people that few of us ever have to meet. Columbo movies generally have held up to time very well; a quarter of a century after their making, they can still hold an audience as well as they ever did. The one thing in this movie that dates it is its portrayal of the snobby English who look down upon uncouth American customs. Granted, Columbo might be a little hard to take as a representative of the United States at any time, but it is surprising to be reminded of how admired and envied the English were just such a short time ago, and how completely since then the Americans have eclipsed Britain in almost everything that counts. It is hard to believe that anyone today would make a crime movie that would airily dismiss American police as bumblers and vaunt the traditional superiority of Scotland Yard, as is done here.
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