Columbo (1971–2003)
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Dagger of the Mind 

In London, a respected Shakespearean acting duo cover up the unintended killing of their producer.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Jackson Gillis (teleplay by), Richard Levinson (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Richard Basehart ... Nicholas Frame
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Tanner
Bernard Fox ... Det. Chief Supt. William Durk
John Williams ... Sir Roger Haversham
Honor Blackman ... Lillian Stanhope
John Fraser ... Det. Sgt. O'Keefe
Richard Pearson ... Diver
Arthur Malet ... Fenwick
Harvey Jason ... The Director
Ronald Long ... Mr. Jones
Hedley Mattingly Hedley Mattingly ... Customs Man (as Hedley Mattingley)
John Orchard ... Country Constable
Peter Church Peter Church ... Constable
Walker Edmiston ... Gardener
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Storyline

Lillian Stanhope and Nicholas Frame are two famed actors in London, a venerated husband and wife team set to act in 'Macbeth'. Producer Sir Roger Haversham had been Lillian's lover but finds out he has been deceived by the couple and is ab out to cancel their widely anticipated and lucrative engagement. During a dressing room brawl between the three, Haversham is accidentally killed when he is hit in the head by a projectile thrown by Stanhope. As Haversham had not been seen by any of the cast or crew before he entered the couple's dressing room, the couple decide to hide his body and later take the corpse to his mansion and stage his "accidental" death. However, Lt. Columbo, in London to learn about new investigation methods used by Scotland Yard, smells something fishy in this supposed accident. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alter schützt vor Torheit nicht See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

All scenes involving Wilfrid Hyde-White had to be shot in California, as he was then a tax exile and owed thousands of pounds to the Inland Revenue in Britain. See more »

Goofs

Lilian Stanhope addresses Columbo inconsistently, pronouncing his rank as 'Loo- tenant', the American way, and 'Left-tenant' the British way. An English actress of her standing in the 1970s would always use the British pronunciation. See more »

Quotes

Det. Chief Supt. William Durk: Uh, the lieutenant's here from Los Angeles for a few days. He's observing our latest techniques at the Yard.
Tanner: How interesting. Let's hope some of it "rubs off," as they say.
Columbo: Oh, thank you very much. I certainly hope so.
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Crazy Credits

John Fraser, who is Scottish, and Richard Pearson, who is Welsh, are credited as "From London - Special Guest Stars". See more »

Soundtracks

Pass Me By
(uncredited)
by Carolyn Leigh and Cy Coleman
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Columbo Tours London -Leaves Wife Home
29 December 2008 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

Columbo shows up in London without his suitcase as even when this was filmed, they lost them. He says it is his wife's case but why he came to London without his wife when I am sure Scotland Yard would have paid for both of them? This is a nice tourist episode as a lot of Londons sights are shown. The cast is great as almost the entire cast became well known to American audiences after this was made. Honor Blackman is a bonus as she is a great performer and she was already known as Pussy Galore before this.

The plot on this one is a little weak in that the murder is an accident and Columbo has to result to trickery to trip up the murder solution rather than using his usual proved police methods of homicide investigation. Then again, as this episode was done more for the famous cast and London scenery, I didn't really mind.


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