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

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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 »


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 »


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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Crazy Credits

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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A favourite Columbo
2 June 2004 | by (Scarborough, England) – See all my reviews

This may not be the best ever Columbo episode but as it's set in England it remains a favourite of mine.

Apart from the plot the main interest lies in location spotting. We get scenes at London airport and outside New Scotland Yard near Victoria Street which means Columbo could pass Buckingham Palace on the way.

The "London Wax Museum" is actually the Imperial College Library, near the Science Museum in South Kensington (also used as a location in "The Ipcress File"), but it does allow an impressive closing shot of the Albert Hall. We also get to see the Royal Court Theatre and lots of English rain.

Apart from that I'm not sure how much of the film was shot in the UK. The stately home has a definite California feel.

This is a good Columbo entry, only marred by the usual American view of the British: we're either "Pip, pip, old boy" types or " Gor blimey, gavner" cockneys. At the time this was made the top cop show in the UK was 'The Sweeney'. Columbo meets Regan and Carter, now that would be worth watching: "Oh, just one more thing sir, er...you're nicked!"

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