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
Jesse Royce Landis played Cary Grant's mother in "North By Northwest" and Grace Kelly's mother in "To Catch a Thief". See more »
Marcia Wallace is not credited in this episode even though she had a speaking part during the inquest. There must have been a mix up during production as she is credited in the first Columbo episode "Murder By The Book" even though she doesn't appear in that one. See more »
Well, if I've changed, it's because I thought you'd like a more exciting woman.
A change, yes, but a complete metamorphosis? I'm not sure, Beth, you're the same person.
Maybe I'm not.
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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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