Columbo (1971–2003)
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Requiem for a Falling Star 

A faded movie actress commits murder. Lt. Columbo, one of her biggest fans, is on the case.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Anne Baxter ... Nora Chandler
Frank Converse ... Mr. Fallon
Pippa Scott ... Jean Davis
Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. Frank Simmons
Mel Ferrer ... Jerry Parks
Edith Head ... Edith Head
Sidney Miller ... Director (as Sid Miller)
William Bryant ... Sgt. Jeffries
John Archer ... Paul
Jack Griffin Jack Griffin ... Gate Guard
Robert E. Meredith Robert E. Meredith ... Joe
Bart Burns ... Sgt. Fields


Faded movie actress Nora Chandler is being blackmailed by a gossip columnist, Jerry Parks. Parks is also romancing Chandler's secretary, who knows all the great star's secrets. Chandler in desperation blows up the columnist's car - but it turns out her secretary was the one driving. Lt. Columbo, one of Nora's biggest fans, is on the case. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

21 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Klatsch kann tödlich sein See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Did You Know?


This was the only Columbo (1971) music score not credited to any composer in the credit titles. The music was tracked from previous Columbo scores composed by Dick DeBenedictis and Oliver Nelson. However, both composers registered their "Requiem for a Falling Star" cues with their respective performing right societies: DeBenedictis with ASCAP and Nelson with BMI. See more »


In Jerry Parks's office Columbo looks at a picture of Marilyn Monroe and asks, "Did she personally sign this?" However the picture is not signed and neither is any of the other pictures in the room. See more »


Jerry Parks: Her dear, departed husband would be spinning in his grave... if he had one.
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Anne Baxter meets the rumpled detective
23 December 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I have a special fondness for this particular Columbo episode, though I'm not sure why. It is very good, but there have been other Columbos that have moved a little faster. This one has a few interesting twists to the plot, but what is most enjoyable is the presence of Anne Baxter as a movie star, Nora Chandler, from Hollywood's golden age who now stars in a TV series. Kind of like Loretta Young, but with an entirely different persona. Mel Ferrer guest stars also, as does the lovely Pippa Scott. Scott plays Baxter's secretary, and Ferrer is a gossip columnist who seems to have some real dirt on Nora. He's also courting Scott, which Baxter is tremendously unhappy about. Nora is also getting some pressure from the studio. Nora has a cottage on the grounds with a fountain in the back - her late husband, Al, actually ran the studio. The present bosses want to sell off parts of the land, but Nora won't sell.

Falk and Baxter are funny together. He's initially starstruck - though I can't really agree with one poster on this board who thinks he wasn't onto her. He calls his brother-in-law George and has Nora say hello to him, and there is another cute scene with Edith Head.

It's a fascinating story, made special by Baxter and her chemistry with Falk.

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