Columbo (1971–2003)
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Lady in Waiting 

A mousy heiress murders her brother, pretending she thought he was a burglar. Lt. Columbo unravels her alibi.

Director:

Norman Lloyd

Writers:

Steven Bochco (teleplay by), Barney Slater (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Susan Clark ... Beth Chadwick
Jessie Royce Landis ... Mrs. Chadwick
Richard Anderson ... Bryce Chadwick
Leslie Nielsen ... Peter Hamilton
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Charles
Richard Bull ... 2nd Detective
Garry Walberg ... 1st Detective
Barbara Rhoades ... Hostess
Jon Lormer ... Hearing Officer
Frank Baxter Frank Baxter ... Fred
Susan Barrister Susan Barrister ... Waitress
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Storyline

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 Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attente See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only episode of Columbo directed by Norman Lloyd. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Columbo: Uh, my name is Columbo, ma'am. I'm a, uh... lieutenant, uh, from the police.
[shows badge then puts it away]
Mrs. Chadwick: Dah, just a minute. Not so quickly. I'd like to look that over.
[examines his I.D. then him]
Mrs. Chadwick: Well, I must say, you hardly look the role.
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Soundtracks

Love Theme from 'Red Sky At Morning'
(uncredited)
Composed by Billy Goldenberg
Heard during the bar scene
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A horrid murderess in this early Columbo outing
19 January 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

LADY IN WAITING is a solid early episode of the COLUMBO TV show, but not one of my favourites and the reason for that lies in the character of the murderess, as played by Susan Clark. Clark starts out as a mildly sympathetic character at the beginning but undergoes a transformation into one of the most repulsive and annoying characters in the whole COLUMBO canon. I ended up gritting my teeth every time she came on screen - which is a lot - which takes away from the enjoyment a bit.

Otherwise, the mystery is a simple one for Columbo to solve. Clark murders her controlling brother and pretends that she mistook him for a burglar, but her deed doesn't go exactly to plan and Columbo soon smells a rat. Peter Falk is on excellent form here and the scenes in which Clark belittles him are particularly fine. The direction has dated a little, with some cheesy dream effects and overuse of the zoom lens, but the production benefits as a whole from featuring a typically Leslie Nielsen in support back when he was playing it straight.


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