Lillian Stanhope and Nicholas Frame are two famed actors in London, a venerated husband and wife team set to act in 'Macbeth'. Producer Sir Roger Haversham had been Lillian's lover but finds out he has been deceived by the couple and is ab out to cancel their widely anticipated and lucrative engagement. During a dressing room brawl between the three, Haversham is accidentally killed when he is hit in the head by a projectile thrown by Stanhope. As Haversham had not been seen by any of the cast or crew before he entered the couple's dressing room, the couple decide to hide his body and later take the corpse to his mansion and stage his "accidental" death. However, Lt. Columbo, in London to learn about new investigation methods used by Scotland Yard, smells something fishy in this supposed accident.Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
All scenes involving Wilfrid Hyde-White had to be shot in California, as he was then a tax exile and owed thousands of pounds to the Inland Revenue in Britain. See more »
Lilian Stanhope addresses Columbo inconsistently, pronouncing his rank as 'Loo- tenant', the American way, and 'Left-tenant' the British way. An English actress of her standing in the 1970s would always use the British pronunciation. See more »
Det. Chief Supt. William Durk:
Uh, the lieutenant's here from Los Angeles for a few days. He's observing our latest techniques at the Yard.
How interesting. Let's hope some of it "rubs off," as they say.
Oh, thank you very much. I certainly hope so.
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John Fraser, who is Scottish, and Richard Pearson, who is Welsh, are credited as "From London - Special Guest Stars". See more »
Columbo shows up in London without his suitcase as even when this was filmed, they lost them. He says it is his wife's case but why he came to London without his wife when I am sure Scotland Yard would have paid for both of them? This is a nice tourist episode as a lot of Londons sights are shown. The cast is great as almost the entire cast became well known to American audiences after this was made. Honor Blackman is a bonus as she is a great performer and she was already known as Pussy Galore before this.
The plot on this one is a little weak in that the murder is an accident and Columbo has to result to trickery to trip up the murder solution rather than using his usual proved police methods of homicide investigation. Then again, as this episode was done more for the famous cast and London scenery, I didn't really mind.
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