Columbo (1971–2003)
25 user 5 critic

Lovely But Lethal 

The formula for a miracle wrinkle cream leads the founder of a cosmetics company to murder and Columbo is on this case.


Jeannot Szwarc


Jackson Gillis (teleplay by), Myrna Bercovici (story by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Vera Miles ... Viveca Scott
Martin Sheen ... Karl Lessing
Sian Barbara Allen ... Shirley Blaine
Vincent Price ... David Lang
Gino Conforti ... Ferdy
Colby Chester ... Jerry
Fred Draper ... Murcheson
Bruce Kirby ... Lab Attendant Doug
John Finnegan ... Sergeant
Richard Stahl ... Burton (as Dick Stahl)
Marc Hannibal ... Fingerprint Man
David Toma David Toma ... Policeman
Layne Mathess Layne Mathess ... Fashion Moderator (as Layne Matthess)


Viveca Scott runs Beauty Mark, the cosmetics company whose products are in every woman's home. With sales dropping, she's counting on the miraculous new beauty cream created by her chief chemist to boost sales and overtake her rival, David Lang, but the chemist's assistant steals the formula. Scott attempts to negotiate with him but, in a rage, knocks him over the head with a heavy microscope, killing him. Her rival's secretary finds out and attempts to blackmail her, but the cosmetics queen's worst news is that the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo is on the case. Written by J. Spurlin

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

23 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorable mais dangereuse See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Bruce Kirby is usually cast as a cop. Here he's basically a janitor. See more »


Viveca's nail polish changes color in close ups, from her usual pink to red. See more »


Lab Attendant: I guess he figured if you can't bed the mother hen, why waste time with the chickens.
See more »


The Girl from Ipamnema
("Garota de Ipanema") (uncredited)
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim (1962)
Portugese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Toned down instrumental version played at fashion show
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A not especially nice lady....and a relatively weak episode
22 August 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Viveca Scott (Vera Miles) is the leader of a failing cosmetics giant. To keep her company afloat, she is willing to do pretty much anything...including murder! After bashing a chemist over the head with a microscope, she's not finished with her villainy....and it's up to Columbo to stop her.

The show had some interesting actors, such as Vincent Price and Martin Sheen. And, I like the way that the cosmetics industry is portrayed....cut-throat and vicious. But what I did NOT like was the show's finale, as Columbo clearly did NOT have enough evidence to arrest, let alone convict, the killer. It really left the viewer annoyed...which is a shame as it was an otherwise good installment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 25 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed