Columbo (1971–2003)
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Requiem for a Falling Star 

A faded movie actress commits murder. Lt. Columbo, one of her biggest fans, is on the case.


Richard Quine


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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Anne Baxter ... Nora Chandler
Frank Converse ... Mr. Fallon
Pippa Scott ... Jean Davis
Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. Frank Simmons
Mel Ferrer ... Jerry Parks
Edith Head ... Edith Head
Sidney Miller ... Director (as Sid Miller)
William Bryant ... Sgt. Jeffries
John Archer ... Paul
Jack Griffin Jack Griffin ... Gate Guard
Robert E. Meredith Robert E. Meredith ... Joe
Bart Burns ... Sgt. Fields


Faded movie actress Nora Chandler is being blackmailed by a gossip columnist, Jerry Parks. Parks is also romancing Chandler's secretary, who knows all the great star's secrets. Chandler in desperation blows up the columnist's car - but it turns out her secretary was the one driving. Lt. Columbo, one of Nora's biggest fans, is on the case. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

21 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Klatsch kann tödlich sein See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Did You Know?


This was the only Columbo (1971) music score not credited to any composer in the credit titles. The music was tracked from previous Columbo scores composed by Dick DeBenedictis and Oliver Nelson. However, both composers registered their "Requiem for a Falling Star" cues with their respective performing right societies: DeBenedictis with ASCAP and Nelson with BMI. See more »


A blonde girl in grey dress climbs the same stairs twice during the conversation between Lt. Columbo and Mr. Fallon. See more »


Nora Chandler: Now, what have you told the police?
Jerry Parks: What is there to tell? That you tried to kill me? That would be like disposing of the goose who owes me a golden egg.
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Fine, but not a classic of the series.
19 November 2006 | by RipshinSee all my reviews

Frankly, when considering a "Columbo" plot revolving around a faded actress, the 1975 "Forgotten Lady," with Janet Leigh, is far more memorable than this exploration of 70s TV movie-making. The plot seems to borrow bits from various Hollywood sources, such as Shirley Temple and her bungalow at 20th Century Fox in the 30s, etc.

I always enjoy Anne Baxter's performances, but this comes across as a bit over-the-top. Granted, the script requires that she intentionally overact for Columbo, but at times, her supposed "natural" scenes are also a bit camp/vamp.

Even when this first aired in January, 1973, I knew who Edith Head was, and got a kick seeing her cameo.

Director Quine was also at the helm of my least-favorite episode, the one shown prior to this,"Dagger of the Mind." Both exhibit unnecessary scenery chewing, and stray from the formula that usually makes any "Columbo" episode a television classic.

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