Lt. Columbo investigates the murder of Rudy Matthews, an art collector found shot to death in his home. The killer is the dead man's nephew, art critic Dale Kingston, who, with the help of his accomplice Tracy O'Connor, effectively masks the time of death to give himself an alibi at an art exhibit. From the outset, Columbo can't quite understand why the thief would have first selected a painting of lesser value before suddenly switching to the two most valuable paintings after the killing. Kingston tries to point Columbo in the direction of his aunt, Matthews' ex-wife Edna. The fact that Matthews left his entire art collection to her seems to support that idea. Columbo isn't buying it and sets a clever trap for him.
garykmcd / corrected by statmanjeff
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The night time exterior shot of the apartment of the art critic Dale Kingston visited by Columbo was 882 N.Doheny where Marilyn Monroe lived twice in 1953 and 1961. See more
When the victim is shot dead by his nephew (Ross Martin) while playing a piano, he falls to the floor without making a sound and when the nephew runs past him to the stairs, he is facedown behind the piano bench with his face resting directly on his right wrist. Soon after, when the body is discovered by a security guard, his face is turned to the right with his left temple pressing against his right wrist. See more
[Dale Kingston's confederate recoils at the sight of the body of Dale's uncle
Pull yourself together. There's no reason to be frightened. Just my uncle. I assure you he's far more amiable now than he ever was when he was alive.
from Pictures at an Exhibition
by Modest Mussorgsky
Heard during the cocktail party sequence in the art gallery See more