Requiem for a Falling Star

Season 2, Ep 5, Aired 1/21/73
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  • Episode Description
  • Nora Chandler, a fading movie star is threatened by a forthcoming tell-all book and some of the secrets it will reveal. She attempts to murder Jerry Parks, the author but accidentally kills her P.A. Columbo roots out the connection between the current case and the mysterious disappearance of the actress's husband. The solution to the case involves a Shriner's ring, and an inoperative fountain.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Falk

    Lieutenant Columbo (no first name)

  • Jackson Gillis

  • Richard Quine

  • Pippa Scott

    Jean Davis

  • Anne Baxter

    Nora Chandler

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Columbo Pursues a Star

    By DannMichalski, Aug 18, 2013

  • Spoilers

    By LAntichristo, Jul 21, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Columbo: I had an uncle who played bagpipes in the Shriners band; he couldn't play a note, but nobody could tell the difference.

    • Columbo: September 16, 1960. That was the day you ordered the fountain. Nora: Well, I don't remember the exact day. Columbo: September 15, the day before. That was the day your husband disappeared. Now it starts to make some sense. I have a possible explanation for why the fountain doesn't run. In order to lay water pipe somebody would have to dig up the lawn, wouldn't they?

    • (Nora Chandler has changed Columbo's tie with an attractive gold one) Columbo: Yeah, I was thinking. Uh, I've got an anniversary coming up next week. I wonder if I could have that back and save this for a special occasion. Nora: Sure, here. Why don't you get your wife to take you on a shopping tour for your anniversary, huh? Take a look at (looking down his body) some suits, some shirts, slacks, socks, shoes...

    • Mr. Fallen: Actors, Lieutenant. Take my advice. Avoid actors. They'll kill ya. Columbo: Well, thanks Mr. Fallen. I'll be sure to tell your boss I appreciate your hospitality. Fallen: I AM the boss. Columbo: Oh, gee. You know it never occurred to me. I mean anybody so young-- Fallen: It's all right. I would never typecast you as a detective either.

    Notes (1)

    • 90 minutes long.

    Trivia (1)

    • When Columbo first visits Nora at her "cottage," she tells him that it had been built for her when she was a child actress. Later, when Columbo is speaking with Mr. Fallen, Fallen tells him that Al Cumberland had given the house to Nora before they were married.

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