Columbo (1971–2003)
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Murder with Too Many Notes 

A Hollywood film composer and conductor murdered a talented musician who has been ghostwriting most of his work in recent years.


Patrick McGoohan


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Billy Connolly ... Findlay Crawford
Richard Riehle ... Sgt Degarmo
Charles Cioffi ... Sidney Ritter
Hillary Danner Hillary Danner ... Rebecca
Chad Willett ... Gabriel McEnery
Scott Atkinson ... Tony
Obi Ndefo Obi Ndefo ... Nathaniel Murphy
Randy Oglesby ... Joshua Vinten
Luis Avalos ... Antonio
Harry Danner ... Fitch
Anne McGoohan Anne McGoohan ... Marcia
Herschel Sparber Herschel Sparber ... Priestly
Steve O'Connor Steve O'Connor ... Throve
Larry Gilman Larry Gilman ... Tomblin


Findlay Crawford, a Hollywood film composer and conductor, murders a talented composer/musician who has been ghostwriting most of Crawford's work in recent years, including the entire score for the last film, which won an Oscar. Crawford is jealous of the young musician whose talent outshines his own. Will Columbo find out who did it? It's just one more thing. Written by Sally 4th

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Release Date:

12 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meurtre en musique See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anne McGoohan (Marcia) is the daughter of the director Patrick McGoohan. See more »


"This Old Man" is the song often whistled or sung (in part) by Columbo throughout the show.

At the end of this one, Columbo asks Rebecca to teach him how to play "This Old Man" on the piano. BUT, in Try & Catch Me, Columbo plays the first couple bars of "This Old Man" on his own towards the beginning of that one, which aired decades earlier on November 21, 1977. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Prélude in E minor, Op.28 No.4
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Good if not great
27 June 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Murder with too Many Notes(love the title) was a good episode, but it was too flawed to be considered great. Starting with the good points, it is strikingly filmed, the music is delightful, there is some nice scripting and the acting from Peter Falk(not his best mind you, some of the more humorous parts such as "guess the piece" fell slightly flat) and Billy Conolly(toned down but surprisingly effective) is good. However, the plot isn't as strong this time around, the forensics for example as said already is dated and the ending especially was far too abrupt and underdeveloped. The pacing was uneven here, some of it was okay, some of it was slow and other parts felt somewhat frantic. The direction is a tad lacking as well. So overall, it is good, with some good performances, music and title, but the ending and plot fell flat for me. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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