Hugh Caldwell kills his wife Janice and in despair asks for the help of his friend and neighbor Mark Halperin. Mark helps a friend in deed, of course, so the death appears to be the job of a thief, but Lt. Columbo has some doubts. There is not a single fingerprint of the deceased in her house and he begins to suspect Halperin. Unfortunately for Lt. Columbo, Halperin is the deputy police commissioner.
Baldinotto da Pistoia
Did You Know?
The funeral home featured in the stock shot is not in California. It is the luxurious Ephrussi de Rothschild villa and gardens in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. This location is notably featured in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again
(1983). See more
In the beginning of the story, the Commisioner is in his bedroom talking to his wife. He is criticizing her for giving away her money to liberal causes. As he takes off his suit jacket, he places the jacket on his clothes valet incorrectly. He drapes the jacket over the top of the valet, where suit pants are to be draped. Suit jackets are to be placed on the next level down, where the wood simulates a person's shoulders, thereby keeping the correct form of the jacket. A strange act for a high ranking police commissioner, who undoubtedly has numerous suits and vast experience with the finer things in life. See more
[to Columbo about the corpse
Good-looking broad except for the, uh, marks around her neck.
References Strangers on a Train
Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played at funeral See more