Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Trace of Murder 

A beautiful woman and her forensic expert boyfriend try to frame her very rich husband for murder.


Vincent McEveety


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


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
David Rasche ... Patrick Kinsley
Shera Danese ... Cathleen Calvert
Barry Corbin ... Clifford Calvert
Raye Birk ... Howard Seltzer
Will Nye ... Officer Will
John Finnegan ... Barney
Franklin Cover ... Harry Jenkins
Alice Backes Alice Backes ... Harriet Jenkins
Dion Anderson ... Stuart March
Donna Bullock ... Tracy Rose
John F. O'Donohue ... Doherty
Dyana Ortelli ... Colenari
Kymberly Newberry ... District Attorney (as Kymberly S. Newberry)
Maury Sterling ... Store Clerk


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A millionaire's being threatened with a lawsuit by a man he did business with. When he gets into a fight with the man, his trophy wife is more embarrassed than concerned about her husband. Now she can't divorce her husband because of a pre-nuptial agreement. And if she kills him, she would be the prime suspect. So she along with her lover decides to kill the man who is suing her husband and frame her husband. Which they do. When Columbo investigates the murder, one of the forensic people helping him is the woman's lover. Written by <>

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Near the end of the episode when Barney is watching TV, a calendar for Escape from L.A. (1996) is seen. See more »


When Columbo asks the female conspirator if she wants to talk to the DA, he indicates that the DA is a woman, saying that "she" is in the judge's chambers and that if "she" isn't, those in the judge's chamber would know where to find "her". A few minutes later, though, the police officer accompanying the woman to whom Columbo had said this yells across the street to Columbo that she had contacted the DA and that "he" was available and that they were going up to see "him". See more »


Lt. Columbo: Well, this is not easy, Pat.
Patrick Kinsley: No No No It is not easy. And if it was easy, we'd just ask the janitor.
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References The $64,000 Question (1955) See more »

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9 January 2001 | by BSandorSee all my reviews

This Columbo-episode must be one of the best ever. The plot is simple: Mrs. Cathleen Calvert (played by Shera Danese, Peter Falk's real-time wife!) has a rich husband, Clifford (played by Barry Corbin), but she has also a lover, Patrick Kinsley (played by David Rasche). To get rid of her husband, Cathleen figures out a great plan: they make him responsible for a murder. All evidence leads Columbo to him. Will Clifford ever be free or was the plan perfect? Watch the movie to figure it out!

I loved the plot: it was interesting. It was fun to watch Barry Corbin as Clifford, his character was funny. Shera Danese again in a Columbo-movie, but this is good: she can act, whatever character is needed. Peter Falk as Columbo is perfect as always.

I can recommend this movie for everybody looking for a good mystery.

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Release Date:

15 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rastro de un crimen See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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