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(1972)

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All scenes involving Wilfrid Hyde-White had to be shot in California, as he was then a tax exile and owed thousands of pounds to the Inland Revenue in Britain.
Only certain location shots, and one interior scene (Columbo's visit to Superintendant Durk's gentleman's club) were actually filmed in Britain. The rest of the studio scenes, and all those taking place at Sir Roger's country house, were made back in California.
The Detective Chief Superintendent's surname is of note: a dirk is a Scottish dagger (and so a sly allusion to the title), and durk is an historic variant spelling.
The exterior building used as the "London Wax Museum" was in fact the Royal College of Music.
After his character collects Columbo from Heathrow Airport, John Fraser, who has spent nearly all his career in the UK, only appears in scenes filmed outdoors, as part of the restricted filming in Britain.
Fraser tells Columbo near the end that "a policeman's lot is not a happy one." This phrase is a quote from Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Pirates of Penzance.'
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.
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?"
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Frame and Stanhope are performing "Macbeth" at the prestigious Royal Court Theatre, a Grade II listed building in London's Sloane Square.
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