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.


Richard Quine


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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?


Anne Baxter (Zelda the great) and Roddy McDowell ( Short Fuse murderer/Bookworm) are the only two actors to be arrested by both Columbo and Batman. See more »


There are 4 celebrity head shot pictures on the wall to the right of Nora Chandler's bar; the lower right picture of Nora changes with no explanation. See more »


Mr. Fallon: [to Columbo] Actors, Lieutenant. Take my advice - avoid actors. They'll kill ya.
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They could have had a better title!
19 May 2006 | by SylSee all my reviews

To start with, I always forget the episode with Anne Baxter who I believe is one of America's greatest actresses. Also, I can't forget Kevin McCarthy who is equally prolific and long overlooked as one of America's most talented and versatile actors. Anyway, the story of Anne Baxter playing a movie star who lives on the lot and refuses to turn over the property for tons of money is suspicious. Anyway, Columbo smells murder when her beloved assistant, Jean Davis, is murdered. Falk and Baxter's scenes together are always worth watching again and again. Falk's Columbo is starstruck but not dumbstruck by seeing a movie star involved in such a crime. Anne Baxter's character could have used a little more work in the storyline but she does a superb job in acting her out and she is simply of the grandest actresses of old Hollywood.

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