Columbo (1971–2003)
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Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo 

A woman who blames Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him.


Vincent McEveety


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Helen Shaver ... Vivian Dimitri
Ian McShane ... Leland St. John
Edward Winter ... Charlton 'Charlie' Chambers (as Ed Winter)
Tom Isbell Tom Isbell ... Sgt. Brady
Teresa Ganzel ... Dede Perkins
Michael Alldredge ... Connolly
Hugh Gillin ... Priest at Funeral
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Mrs. Thornwood
George Buck George Buck ... George Thornwood
Don Calfa ... Rudy
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Dr. Steadman
Peggy Walton-Walker ... Liz Cooper (as Peggy Walton Walker)
Joe Bellan Joe Bellan ... Joe
Robert Balderson Robert Balderson ... Jerry


A woman who blames Lt. Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him. But before she goes after him, she first goes after the man who informed on her husband and by showing the Lt. how it feels to lose a love one; by going after his wife. Written by <>

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This is its second Columbo episode to feature a Hank Williams song. The first was "Swan Song" with Johnny Cash singing I Saw the Light" on multiple occasions. This one features a melancholy version of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". See more »


During a talk with Vivian Dimitri about her husband Columbo says about he and his wife, "...we never had children I'm sorry to say..." However, in "Any Old Port In A Storm" he says at the end of the meal with Adrian Carsini and his secretary that his wife couldn't attend because they couldn't get a babysitter and adds, "You know how it is when you have kids." See more »


Gracie: Let me know if you see anything moving around in that chili. It's from Wednesday.
Columbo: Just the way I like it.
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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Written by Hank Williams
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One of the more fascinating entries of the later Columbos
9 April 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Rest in Peace Mrs Columbo is not one of my favourites of the brilliant Columbo series, but I still find it a very good episode. While it does drag in the middle, it is one of the more fascinating later Columbos, having an intriguing flashback-driven story, clever dialogue that is both amusing and tense and some great scenes especially the restaurant scene and the ending. Rest in Peace Mrs Columbo looks beautiful too, with some atmospheric scoring, slick editing and crisp direction. Peter Falk perhaps has given better performances of the series, but he is still gleefully enjoyable, and Helen Shaver is excellent in her meaty and quite unhinged role. Support roles are taken by Ian McShane and Roscoe Lee Brown and both are among the more interesting support performances of the later episodes.

In conclusion, fascinating. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

31 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'enterrement de Madame Columbo See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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