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"Columbo" Dagger of the Mind (1972)

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Director:
Writers:
Jackson Gillis (teleplay by)
Richard Levinson (story) ...
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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 »
User Reviews:
Not exceptional, but definitely worth seeing See more (35 total) »

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)
Benjie Bancroft ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Berle ... Party Guest (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)
Reg Thomason ... Man at Museum reception (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)
 
Art Department
Michael Guyett .... standby painter (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
 
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Runtime:
98 min
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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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The pearl dropped in the museum lands on carpet, but sounds as if it was bouncing on a hard floor.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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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not exceptional, but definitely worth seeing, 26 June 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

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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