Viveca Scott runs Beauty Mark, the cosmetics company whose products are in every woman's home. With sales dropping, she's counting on the miraculous new beauty cream created by her chief chemist to boost sales and overtake her rival, David Lang, but the chemist's assistant steals the formula. Scott attempts to negotiate with him but, in a rage, knocks him over the head with a heavy microscope, killing him. Her rival's secretary finds out and attempts to blackmail her, but the cosmetics queen's worst news is that the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo is on the case.
Did You Know?
(1960) in which Vera Miles
co-starred, the character Norman Bates gives the famous line "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly". Here the character Viveca Scott played by Ms. Miles gives the line to the ever inquisitive Detective Columbo "I didn't kill Karl Lessing. I couldn't kill a fly." See more
After the 57:00 mark, when Shirley Blaine drives off after briefly discussing prospective employment with Viveca Scott by the sea, the deep rumble we hear is clearly that of a large car probably with a V8 engine, but she's actually driving a compact 1971 Plymouth Cricket, which came with a small inline-4 engine with displacement no larger than only 1.8 litres. See more
Miss Scott, are you aware that Karl Lessing had a photograph of yours which he put in his dartboard and which he used as a target?
Now, don't get excited. It doesn't mean anything. A lot of people wanna throw darts at their bosses. You know, as a matter of fact, a while back here, uh, there was a captain of detectives, and he and I didn't get along. I used to have fantasies about him. I always had my hands around his throat...
You belong in a museum!
The Girl from Ipamnema
("Garota de Ipanema") (uncredited)
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Portugese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Toned down instrumental version played at fashion show See more