Columbo (1971–2003)
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A gadget-happy inventor murders his mother-in-law; Lt. Columbo is on the case.


David P. Lewis, Booker Bradshaw (as Booker T. Bradshaw) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Oskar Werner ... Harold Van Wick
Gena Rowlands ... Elizabeth Van Wick
Robert Brown ... Arthur Meadis
Patricia Barry ... Francine
Martha Scott ... Margaret Meadis
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... S. Baxter (as Herb Jefferson Jr.)
Trisha Noble ... Marcy Hubbard
Bart Burns ... Thompson
Steven Marlo ... Officer Banks
Joe Ohar Joe Ohar ... Attendant (as Joe O'Har)


An electronics genius kills his mother-in-law due to her plans to oust him from the family business which he is the managing director, as she believes her son-in-law's reckless spending on gadgetry is responsible for the company's revenue losses which have amounted to thousands of dollars.

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Release Date:

2 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuolema kuvaruudussa See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The piano music playing while the murderer is preparing to murder his mother-in-law is Frederic Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23. See more »


When Van Wick explains his theory about the flower pot being knocked over he tells Columbo "It's just a theory but, of course, I could be wrong" when in fact it's not a theory because he later shows Columbo a tape of the murder with the flower pot being knocked over, just as he said. See more »


Harold Van Wick: You know, Lieutenant, my system is very elaborate and very sensitive. Uh, the more complex a system is, the more it is exposed to malfunctions. We have to accept these little problems from time to time. I'm afraid, Lieutenant, that your little parlor trick proved absolutely nothing.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Stronger Than Steele (1985) See more »


Ballade No.1 in g-minor, op.23
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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A Columbo as it should be
15 December 1998 | by cashimorSee all my reviews

Again Columbo seems to be completely out-classed, but again his usual turn around and asking just that one question, harassing the person he thinks has done it until some progress is made. There also is the enjoyable presence of his dog, but as usual, his wife isn't there.

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