Columbo: Season 2, Episode 4

Dagger of the Mind (26 Nov. 1972)

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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Nicholas Frame
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Tanner
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Det. Chief Supt. William Durk
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Sir Roger Haversham
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Lillian Stanhope
John Fraser ...
Richard Pearson ...
Diver
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Fenwick
Harvey Jason ...
The Director
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Mr. Jones
Hedley Mattingly ...
Customs Man (as Hedley Mattingley)
John Orchard ...
Country Constable
Peter Church ...
Constable
Walker Edmiston ...
Gardener
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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 has been Lillian's lover but finds out he has been deceived by the couple and threatens to interrupt their engagement. Lillian kills him accidentally during an ensuing fight. Thereafter, the pair 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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Frame and Stanhope are performing "Macbeth" at the prestigious Royal Court Theatre, a Grade II listed building in London's Sloane Square. See more »

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During Frame and Fenwick's tuppence-a-point darts game in The Kings Arms, a man stands at the back watching the match. His stance alters notably between shots after Joe takes his second throw. See more »

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Columbo: There HAS to be an explanation.
Det. Chief Supt. William Durk: Oh, come, come, come, come. Don't be so distressed. At least it's been amusing chasing an American wild goose for a change, eh?
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John Fraser, who is Scottish, and Richard Pearson, who is Welsh, are credited as "From London - Special Guest Stars". See more »

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below average Columbo
13 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've watched this a couple of times now and it gets worse the more you analyse. Compare it to the episode in Mexico where as a "fish out of water" Columbo has to help the local police. That episode is tightly scripted with a believable Mexican policeman and reason for Columbo to help out. Here we have lazy scriptwriting (exchnage visit) and cartoon English policemen going to their "clubs". Laughable! The theatre setting and "luvie" murderers have possibilities but marred by Basehart's Canadian drawl. The pub scene with "cockneys" is just ludicrous. The difference between the location shoot and the Californian and studio scenes is glaring and off putting.

The problem is Falk is not on camera enough to lift it, and a wealth of British character actors are wasted with not enough nuance in the script, and no interesting villain like Patrick MacGoohan, Jack Cassidy or Robert Culp to mask the story shortfalls with screen presence. The murder and denouement is just lame and it is surprising this episode came so early since it bears all the hallmarks of the type of episode you get when the series is going down the drain and a desperate attempt is made to liven the pattern up with a new location. Columbo has done far better than this, but I must admit that compared to more standard TV fare a bad Columbo is still better than a lot of other things you can pass the time with because Peter Falk is in it.


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