Columbo (1971–2003)
21 user 5 critic

Uneasy Lies the Crown 

The unsuccessful junior partner in a dental group, a bad husband and degenerate gambler, faces divorce and ostracism from his father-in-law's firm.


Alan J. Levi


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 1 more credit »

On Disc

at Amazon


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
James Read ... Dr. Wesley Corman
Jo Anderson ... Lydia Corman
Nancy Walker ... Nancy Walker
Dick Sargent ... Dick Sargent
Ron Cey Ron Cey ... Ron Cey
Marshall R. Teague ... Adam Evans (as Marshall Teague)
Mark Arnott ... David Sherwin
James A. Watson Jr. ... Sergeant
Steven Gilborn ... George
Raymond Singer ... Dentist
Victor Bevine ... Victor Bevine
John Roarke John Roarke ... John Roarke
Paul Burke ... Horace Sherwin
Lynne Marta ... Frances


A dentist is threatened by a divorce, because his wife loves another man, and his father-in-law, who wants to collect his gambling debts. He decides to kill his wife's lover, and frame his wife for it, to get out of the situation. Columbo tries to solve the murder. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

28 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Couronne mortuaire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Nancy Walker appeared as herself in this Columbo. At one point Lt. Columbo recognizes her as the actress from the "Rock Hudson Show", a reference to McMillan & Wife (1971), a series that she had regularly appeared in, and an episode of which contained the original version of this Columbo story. Both McMillan & Wife and Columbo ran together as part of the Mystery Movie series for seven seasons in the 1970s. See more »


Columbo complains to Wesley that he has a "sensitive tooth on the left", as he chews his bagel on the right and holds his hand to his painful jaw - on the left. But when Columbo goes to the dentist, the dental work is done to a tooth on his right. And afterward, at the outdoor café, Columbo holds his hand to his painful jaw - on the right. See more »


Dr. Wesley Corman: [referring to Columbo] That guy's a real pain in my butt!
See more »


References McMillan & Wife (1971) See more »


Mystery Movie Theme
by Mike Post
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

good but a ripoff
9 September 2004 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This was the recycling of an old Macmillan episode that starred Stefanie Powers - notice I said Macmillan and not Macmillan and Wife. It was after Susan St. James left. That's the only reason I was disappointed in this episode - I'd seen it! It was "Affair of the Heart" on Macmillan. Strangely, Peter Falk himself did not realize that this episode had been previously done until I told him during an interview and sent him the Macmillan tape. Apparently, it was written by Steven Bochco, who also wrote for Columbo, and it was used again.

I enjoyed the Columbo episode more. The package was somewhat classier, including James Read, Paul Burke, and Jo Anderson. It also included a fun poker game that included Nancy Walker and Dick Sargent.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Can 2019 Oscars Avoid a Hostless Disaster?

The 91st Academy Awards isn't the first year the show won't have a host, but it will be the first time since the 1989 Snow White and Rob Lowe incident. So will the 2019 Oscars still rock you?

Watch now

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed