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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Only certain location shots, and one interior scene (Columbo's visit to Superintendant Durk's gentleman's club) were actually filmed in Britain. The rest of the studio scenes, and all those taking place at Sir Roger's country house, were made back in California. See more »

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The pearl dropped in the museum lands on carpet, but sounds as if it was bouncing on a hard floor. 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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Pass Me By
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by Carolyn Leigh and Cy Coleman
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Likeable, but fragmented and uncertainly paced Columbo adventure set in London
13 April 2004 | by (Port Talbot, South Wales,UK) – See all my reviews

Early on in the Columbo series, the producers obviously felt confident enough to take the "man in the mac" out of his familiar American environment and place him in London, to solve a murder - nevertheless, the results are decidedly mixed.

The episode boasts a wonderfully hammy performance from Richard Basehart, as one of the murderers (ably assisted by British actress Honor Blackman)and there are some very humourous scenes as we see Columbo cause mayhem at Heathrow airport and also as he scours London to take snapshots with his brother-in-law's camera.

Notwithstanding these strengths, the adventure is rather thinly plotted and uncertainly paced (the finale really comes without any significant build-up); and the murder set-up itself does not render the ingenious array of clues typical of many of the best Columbo adventures (all we really have here is a turned-over book, an unbroken set of reading glasses, rain spots on a car and an umbrella!).

Additionally, the episode does have a fragmented feel to it owing to the fact that not all of it was filmed in London (the scenes in the London pub are somewhat exaggerated and many of the character actors have awfully manufactured Cockney accents).

This is an average Columbo adventure, but still better than many of the detective shows of its kind.




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