A psychiatrist who is married, is having an affair. His wife threatens to divorce him and take him to the cleaners if she ever catches him. So along with his mistress he plans to kill her and make it seem like she was killed by an intruder. He goes out of town as part of his plan and returns to find the police there investigating and the man investigating is Lt. Columbo. Columbo is a little odd and he asks the man some questions that he finds intrusive. Columbo continues to question him and the man's friend an ADA warns Columbo to watch his step. But Columbo goes on.
The perfect crime had one flaw.
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was also offered the role of Columbo, but didn't accept it because he felt that it would interfere with his golfing. See more
The telephone cord was rapped neatly around the base of the phone at the front of it for most of the shots. When Joan goes to pick up the phone to call the cleaners, the cord is now partially across the dial on top of the phone. At 26:30 mark. Dr Fleming answers the phone immediately after choking his wife, and leaves the cord across the phone when he hangs up. See more
My name's Gordon. I'm with the District Attorney's Office.
Yes sir, I know.
I appreciate it. Anything you can do for Dr. Flemming, he's a good friend of mine.
The beginning credits feature a series of brightly colored animated splotches. The splotches were meant to resemble the ink blots used in a Rorschach test, as the villain in this movie was a psychiatrist. See more