Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo arrives at a kidnapping case, which at some point turns to worse. Everything seems to be related to a trust fund managed by a man with a great love for orchids.


Boris Sagal


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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Ray Milland ... Jarvis Goodland
Bob Dishy ... Sergeant Frederic Wilson
Sandra Smith Sandra Smith ... Cathy Goodland
Bradford Dillman ... Tony Goodland
William Smith ... Ken Nichols
Arlene Martel ... Gloria West
Robert Karnes ... Grover
Milton Frome ... Driver
Peggy Mondo Peggy Mondo ... Woman
Richard Annis Richard Annis ... Officer
Larry Watson Larry Watson ... Sound Man


A horticulturist and his nephew take part in a fake kidnapping scheme so the nephew can break into his trust fund in order to win back his cheating wife. But once the money is accessed, the horticulturist decides he wants all the trust money for himself so to make a legitimate claim, he kills his nephew.

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Release Date:

15 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blumen des Bösen See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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The cast includes two actresses from notable roles on the original Star Trek. Arlene Martel portrayed Spock's Vulcan wife T'Pring in "Amok Time," and in "Turnabout Intruder," Sandra Smith portrayed Dr. Janice Lester, a power-mad scientist who uses an alien machine to transfer her consciousness into Captain Kirk. See more »


When Columbo and Wilson are examining the yellow Jaguar, Wilson holds Columbo's raincoat over his right arm while Columbo digs the bullet from the seat.The raincoat is visible in the full length shot, but disappears in the reverse shot when he is writing on the envelope he has put the bullet in. See more »


Jarvis Goodland: Ah, the trust fund! That's why you wanted ME here.
Cathy Goodland: Well, Jarvis, I certainly knew you wouldn't help me raise the money any other way.
Columbo: I'm sorry. I don't quite understand about that trust fund.
Jarvis Goodland: Well, you see, I'm co-administrator with the bank of a trust fund set up by Tony's father. And you, Catherine, should know, of all people, that he put enough strings in there to protect Tony from his own bad habits... and grasping wives.
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Referenced in The Six Million Dollar Man: Population: Zero (1974) See more »

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Revolutionary if you think about!
19 May 2006 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Well, Columbo's case this time involves the wife, Cathy Goodland, who prefers other relationships to her lovesick husband. He takes up with a beautiful and attractive woman but only to talk about it. He and his rich uncle played by Ray Milland set up a kidnapping in order to get her attention. Even though there is money involved, Columbo knows something's wrong with his chief suspect who is an avid gardener. Ray Milland gives an excellent performance as the uncle. The rest of the cast appear satisfactory in my opinion. The story could have used more work but it is typical Columbo if you watch it enough times like I have over the years. An open marriage was hardly mentioned in the 1980s much less in the 1970s but it was there. The widow Goodland makes no excuses for her lifestyle. She doesn't have to explain to anybody else about her spending free time with attractive sailors who could be easily bought for the right price but it's all wrapped up in trust funds.

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