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?


Jerry Parks' office wall features photographs of Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Rudolph Valentino, Sammy Davis Jr., Carole Lombard, Leo Carillo, Gary Cooper, W.C. Fields and Carmen Miranda. Of these, Davis was the only one who was still alive when this episode was made. See more »


In the underground parking lot at police headquarters, when Columbo and Nora are talking to another detective, Nora's purse strap changes from hanging uncomfortably off her elbow, and in the next second is suddenly back on top her shoulder again. See more »


Lt. Columbo: I had an uncle. He played bagpipes in the shriners band. He couldn't play a note, but nobody could tell the difference.
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Hardly a falling star of the series, in fact I thought it was quite good
10 March 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Requiem for a Falling Star I thought was a generally solid entry in one of my favourite shows of all time, but I don't consider it one of the better ones. It is another change of formula sort of episode, where Columbo for a while picks the wrong person, and it is mostly successful. I do have to agree though that Falk is made to act a little too obtuse here, and it really doesn't feel like him. While it is compellingly paced a vast majority of the time, I did feel some of the middle of the episode dragged, and the coincidence that helps Columbo I also agree is too much of a coincidence. However it is strikingly filmed, with an atmospheric music score, sharp writing that is at its best in the scenes between Columbo and Baxter and an interesting story where there is much more to it as it initially seems to be. Peter Falk is consistently wonderful as Columbo and Requiem for a Falling Star is no exception, Anne Baxter captivates as the edgy murderess, Mel Ferrer is wonderfully sleazy and under-appreciated Kevin McCarthy is good value. There is also a priceless cameo from Edith Head. All in all, quite good but not one of my favourites. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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