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:
Nicholas Frame
Det. Chief Supt. William Durk
Sir Roger Haversham
Lillian Stanhope
John Fraser ...
Richard Pearson ...
Harvey Jason ...
The Director
Mr. Jones
Hedley Mattingly ...
Customs Man (as Hedley Mattingley)
John Orchard ...
Country Constable
Peter Church ...
Walker Edmiston ...


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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Inside joke: "Lillian Stanhope" (Honor Blackman) says "I've always wanted to be in a horror movie." 'Dagger of the Mind' aired on 11-26-72. Just six months earlier (5-30-72), the horror movie 'Fright" was released, which featured Honor Blackman. See more »


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 »


Nicholas Frame: Most people, Columbo, have frightful taste, yourself included.
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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 »


The British Grenadiers
[British march from 1600s]
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Nice the way he puts it together
24 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After Bernard Fox was in Los Angeles and got to work with the ubiquitous Lt. Columbo, it seemed only fair that Columbo would get a trip to London to see what Scotland Yard was all about. Tagging along with Bernard Fox as Chief Inspector Durk, Columbo gets himself caught up in another homicide, one that does not immediately appear to be.

We've got a husband and wife team of murderers here, Richard Basehart and Honor Blackman play an acting couple that is a malevolent version of any number of famous husbands and wives, Olivier and Leigh, Burton and Taylor, or even the Lunts. With Basehart's complete connivance, Blackman has been carrying on an affair with producer John Williams in the hope of getting backing for their next play. When he overhears something that convinces him he's been had Williams pulls the plug on the whole matter. These two then kill him and take the body back to Williams's house and stage an accident.

Of course it doesn't fool Peter Falk and while he likes meeting this glamorous theatrical couple, Falk's mighty suspicious.

A rather ordinary item that Williams carried that shows up where it shouldn't trips up Basehart and Blackman. Nice the way Peter Falk puts it together though.

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