Grace Wheeler Willis was a star, a very famous star. Every night in her house she sees one of her old movies. When she decides to set up a new show and her husband refuses to finance it, Grace coldly kills him, staging a suicide. Lt. Columbo is not deceived from her performance. But at the end, the murderer will escape her sentence, or perhaps not.
Baldinotto da Pistoia
Did You Know?
This was John Payne
's final acting role before his death on December 6, 1989 at the age of 77. See more
When Grace is sitting up in bed and Ned enters her room and sits on the bed she is propped up on a small pillow which is lower than her head height. When Ned is responding to her from a side shot the pillow is massive and clearly well above head height, See more
Lieutenant, you must be aware of the fact that... that men who retire from very active lives very often go into severe depression for no apparent reason whatsoever. I know. I've been there.
You didn't shoot yourself, did ya? Big difference between being old and unhappy and puttin' a gun to your head. Has to be a reason.
References This Gun for Hire
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Ogden Nash
Performed by Janet Leigh
and John Payne See more