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"Columbo" Dagger of the Mind (1972)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
26 November 1972 (Season 2, Episode 4)
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Plot:
In London, a respected Shakespearean acting duo cover up the unintended killing of their producer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Richard Basehart ... Nicholas Frame

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Tanner

Bernard Fox ... Det. Chief Supt. William Durk

John Williams ... Sir Roger Haversham

Honor Blackman ... Lillian Stanhope
John Fraser ... Det. Sgt. O'Keefe
Richard Pearson ... Diver

Arthur Malet ... Fenwick
Harvey Jason ... The Director

Ronald Long ... Mr. Jones
Hedley Mattingly ... Customs Man (as Hedley Mattingley)
John Orchard ... Country Constable
Peter Church ... Constable
Walker Edmiston ... Gardener
Gerald Peters ... Inspector Smythe (as Gerald S. Peters)
Sharon Johansen ... Miss Dudley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ian Abercrombie ... Sidney (Party Guest) (uncredited)
Ronald Adam ... George, Steward at Supt. Durk's Club (uncredited)
Veronica Anderson ... Maid (uncredited)
Peter Ashton ... Photographer at Sir Roger's Funeral (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Lady in Pub (uncredited)

Kenneth Danziger ... Reporter at Sir Roger's Funeral (uncredited)

Don Knight ... Stagehand outside dressing room (voice) (uncredited)

Fran Ryan ... Woman at airport (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Quine 
 
Writing credits
Jackson Gillis (teleplay)

Richard Levinson (story) &
William Link (story)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Edward K. Dodds .... associate producer
Dean Hargrove .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis (music score) (as Dick De Benedictis)
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (director of photography)
Harry L. Wolf (director of photography) (as Harry Wolf)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald LaVine 
 
Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Arch Bacon)
 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations) (as John McCarthy)
 
Production Management
Henry Kline .... unit manager
Kenny Williams .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Dowell .... assistant director (as David M. Dowell)
 
Sound Department
Edwin S. Hall .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: Sunday Mystery Movie theme
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
Jackson Gillis .... executive story consultant
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2005) | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
The title comes from the famous soliloquy in William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" (Act II, Scene I, lines 33-39): "Is this a dagger which I see before me, / The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee: / I have thee not, and yet I see thee still! / Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible / To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but / A dagger of the mind, a false creation, / Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?"See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Columbo:[hearing Big Ben chime and checking his watch] Boy, that's terrific. Thing that old, it's only a minute slow.
Det. Chief Supt. William Durk:Really. We must put another penny on the governor.
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Soundtrack:
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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
below average Columbo, 13 April 2006
Author: fcasnette from United Kingdom

I've watched this a couple of times now and it gets worse the more you analyse. Compare it to the episode in Mexico where as a "fish out of water" Columbo has to help the local police. That episode is tightly scripted with a believable Mexican policeman and reason for Columbo to help out. Here we have lazy scriptwriting (exchnage visit) and cartoon English policemen going to their "clubs". Laughable! The theatre setting and "luvie" murderers have possibilities but marred by Basehart's Canadian drawl. The pub scene with "cockneys" is just ludicrous. The difference between the location shoot and the Californian and studio scenes is glaring and off putting.

The problem is Falk is not on camera enough to lift it, and a wealth of British character actors are wasted with not enough nuance in the script, and no interesting villain like Patrick MacGoohan, Jack Cassidy or Robert Culp to mask the story shortfalls with screen presence. The murder and denouement is just lame and it is surprising this episode came so early since it bears all the hallmarks of the type of episode you get when the series is going down the drain and a desperate attempt is made to liven the pattern up with a new location. Columbo has done far better than this, but I must admit that compared to more standard TV fare a bad Columbo is still better than a lot of other things you can pass the time with because Peter Falk is in it.

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