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"Columbo" Dagger of the Mind (1972)

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Original Air Date:
26 November 1972 (Season 2, Episode 4)
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 (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)
Dick Cherney ... Airport Security (uncredited)
Kenneth Danziger ... Reporter at Sir Roger's Funeral (uncredited)

Don Knight ... Stagehand outside dressing room (voice) (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Fran Ryan ... Woman at airport (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Man in Pub (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Quine 
Writing credits
Jackson Gillis (teleplay by)

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

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)
Gary White .... second assistant director (uncredited)
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
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-7 (2005) | USA:Not Rated
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The sign outside the theatre advertises "In memoriam of Sir Roger Haversham" which means "In memory of of (sic) Sir Roger Haversham".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]
Columbo: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]
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
also one of my favorite episodes, 9 September 2004
Author: blanche-2 from United States

I am a die-hard Columbo fan and I guess all of the episodes, excluding the most recent ones, are my favorites. But Dagger of the Mind is one of my favorite favorites. It has wonderful performances by Honor Blackman and Richard Basehart and a familiar Hitchcock actor, John Williams.

This movie has one of my favorite scenes of all time - Blackman sobbing hysterically over a coffin and babbling to Columbo (we find out later she thinks he's from the press). In the midst of her over-dramatic performance, Columbo, in his most innocent voice asks, "Is there any way for me to get tickets? I'd LOVE to see the show." Too funny. Columbo is a great character. It's a shame that the last few episodes were not up to the wonderful standards of the old episodes and his comeback episodes of the early '90s. I haven't given up hoping he'll be back in top form before Falk decides to retire.

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