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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Trivia

Fraser tells Columbo near the end that "a policeman's lot is not a happy one." This phrase is a quote from Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Pirates of Penzance.' See more »

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In the very first scene, Nicholas stops with his car in front of the theatre. There are road markings in the middle of the street in one shot. In the next shot they are gone. There's also a completely different set of people on the pavement/sidewalk. See more »

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Lillian Stanhope: I've always wanted to be in a horror film.
Nicholas Frame: Well, you certainly qualify.
Lillian Stanhope: Thanks.
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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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