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
Did You Know?
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
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
[Durk takes Columbo to his men's club for tea and a bite to eat. A server appears with a cart of food
When you said tea, I was afraid we were going to get nothing but those tiny sandwiches. This is terrific.
George, Steward at Supt. Durk's Club
Why do you think we keep the ladies out, sir?
[Columbo is nonplussed
John Fraser, who is Scottish, and Richard Pearson, who is Welsh, are credited as "From London - Special Guest Stars". See more
Pass Me By
by Carolyn Leigh
and Cy Coleman See more