The Lytton family owns a museum. Siblings Ruth and Edward (curator and trustee, respectively) have devoted their lives to it, but with things not going so well, Edward has decided to sell it. Ruth doesn't agree and plans otherwise (the old-fashioned way). She has a niece, Janie, whom she loves more than her mother does, who has hired Milton Schaeffer, a petty thief and inveterate gambler (and the brother of her (Janie's) lover), as their new security guard. With a subsequent double-homicide on hand utilizing these details, Columbo delves into the family's personal history to help unravel spinster Ruth's ruthless scheme.
Baldinotto da Pistoia / with additional information by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
Joyce Van Patten, who plays Ruth Lytton in this episode, was also in the Season 4 episode "Negative Reaction," in which she played the Nun (Sister of Mercy). See more
When Columbo and his sergeants examine the dead body in the phone booth, Columbo refers to one of the sergeants as "Carter;" but, when he later talks to Ruth Lytton in the same room, Columbo refers to the same sergeant as "Sergeant Shaw." Sergeant Carter/Shaw is played by Mike Lally
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There is a man's arm to support any woman who wants one.
No, not any woman.
This Old Man
English folk children's counting song.
Whistled by Peter Falk See more