Music conductor Alex Benedict has an affair with a pianist. When the pianist threatens to reveal their affair to Benedict's wife, whose wealthy mother owns the company on which Benedict's career is dependent, Benedict decides to permanently silence his mistress. He arranges for her death to look like a suicide by kitchen stove gas asphyxiation. Lieutenant Columbo, a cunning detective in a rumpled raincoat, doesn't believe the pianist took her own life and suspects that Benedict was responsible for her death. He pesters Benedict with constant questions as he searches for clues to place Benedict at the murder scene.
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During the rehearsal in the garden, the conductor tells the orchestra to play an "up bow" on the 4th beat of measure 29, and then he specifically points at the second violin section. Looking into the score, the second violins have a break written in the notes at that point. It's only the first violins who actually play. He also instructs them to make a crescendo on the down bow but it wouldn't make any sense to divide the first violin bowing into two bows at that time. See more
Janice Benedict's hair, at the end, just before she accompanies Columbo and Alex into the screening room to watch the incriminating video, is swept up in a bun behind her head. When she enters the room (it's a continuous scene, leaving no opportunity for Janice to change hair styles), her hair is down in a long ponytail. See more
Now, you're always imagining that I'm... I'm... leaping into beds all over town. I've never done that.
Oh, Alex, don't. I know you.
Why do all these people feel that they know me?
This two-hour TV movie was also prepared in a 90-minute version which played on Canadian television, and is reputed to be the superior of the two cuts. See more
References A New Leaf
Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart See more