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.

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Det. Chief Supt. William Durk
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Richard Pearson ...
Diver
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Fenwick
Harvey Jason ...
The Director
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Mr. Jones
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Customs Man (as Hedley Mattingley)
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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 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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26 November 1972 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The exterior building used as the "London Wax Museum" was in fact the Royal College of Music. 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 »

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Sir Roger Haversham: Today I finally realize, after all my years as a producer, I... I've simply been taken - taken by a ham and a tart.
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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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Not exceptional, but definitely worth seeing
26 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I may be biased, but I have yet to see a Columbo episode I absolutely hate. Even with its problems, I did like Dagger of the Mind. It is quite slow in pace, with a rather thin plot and the build up to the finale I agree could have been better. But the scenery and photography are wonderful, the script does have its humorous moments, the direction is good enough and the music is effective. The acting is fine, Peter Falk is great no problem with him whatsoever, while Honor Blackman is wonderful, looks beautiful and has some memorable scenes with Columbo. Richard Basehart overdoes it a bit, but he seems to be having fun too. Overall, worth watching if not the best Columbo. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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