Beth Chadwick has lived all her life controlled first by her father, then after his death, by her brother Bryce who manages the family business. Now she has fallen for Peter Hamilton, who works for Bryce. But, as usual, Bryce objects to her choice and threatens to fire Peter. So Beth decides to murder her brother and to do it in such a way to let it to appear like an accident. Lt. Columbo realizes at once the truth and starts looking for evidence.Written by
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Leslie Nielsen is one of nine actors who have portrayed the murder victim in one episode and a non victim in another. He is the victim in Identity Crisis. The others include, Tim O'Connor who is the victim in an Old Fashioned Murder and non victim in Double Shock, Anne Francis who is the victim in a Stitch in Crime and non victim in Short Fuse, Ida Lupino who is the murder victim in Swan Song and a non victim in short fuse, John Dehner who plays the victim in last salute to the Commodore and non victim in Swan Song, Sorrell booke who plays the victim in the bye-bye Sky High IQ murder case and non victim in Swan Song, Dean Stockwell who is the victim in The Most Crucial game and a suspect in Troubled Waters, Stephen Elliott is the victim in deadly state of Mind and non victim in Grand deceptions and James Gregory is the victim in short fuse and non victim in the most crucial game See more »
When Beth Chadwick starts to leave the hairdresser she asks for her bill and for another appointment time. She is given her bill which she signs but she isn't given an appointment time. See more »
Now, Lieutenant, you don't really think that Beth killed her brother in cold blood, now do you?
Well, as a matter of fact... I do.
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Beth Chadwick's brother Bryce is running the family business and she feels left out.So she decides to kill him.Her plan is to make it look like she shoots a burglar trying to get into her house.Things don't quite go as planned and her boyfriend Peter Hamilton, who works for Bryce comes there at the wrong moment.Next we see Lt.Columbo coming.His job is to prove Beth murdered her brother.Norman Lloyd is the director of Columbo: Lady in Waiting (1971).Billy Goldenberg is behind the original music and Henry Mancini is the composer of the theme music.The cast does a very good job.There's Peter Falk, of course.Susan Clark plays Beth.Richard Anderson is the brother Bryce.Their mother is played by Jessie Royce Landis, who does her last performance there.Leslie Nielsen does a serious role as Peter.The 80's brought out the comedian in him but the previous decade saw the serious side of Leslie.Garry Walberg is the 1st detective.Richard Bull, who we remember from Little House on the Prairie playing Nels Oleson, is the 2nd one.Also Marcia Wallace, who does Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons is there as Woman at Inquest.This Columbo is good, maybe not the very best, but good.It's always fun to watch Columbo annoy those murderers.He's always there, you can't escape from him.What a character!
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