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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jesse Royce Landis played Cary Grant's mother in "North By Northwest" and Grace Kelly's mother in "To Catch a Thief". See more »

Goofs

When Beth and Columbo are having coffee and cookies, the cookie she is eating keeps changing from the only light colored cookie on the plate to one of the brown cookies. See more »

Quotes

Peter Hamilton: Now, Lieutenant, you don't really think that Beth killed her brother in cold blood, now do you?
Columbo: Well, as a matter of fact... I do.
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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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The worm turns.
13 August 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the story begins, you see that a rich woman (Susan Clark) is struggling with a very controlling jerk of a brother (Richard Anderson)....who wants to micro-manage her life. However passive she seems, however, apparently Beth Chadwick has had enough...and soon she hatches her evil plan. She kills the brother and then pretends she shot him because she thought he was a burglar! Can she get away with it? And, does anyone care if she shot the brother?! I was actually rooting for this--especially after seeing her mother!!

Apart from the excessive use of weird electronic music throughout the episode, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The story was mostly good, though the villain was a bit dumb later in the film....and did a lot to make herself look guilty. Still, an exciting story and well worth seeing.


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