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"Columbo" Dagger of the Mind (TV Episode 1972) Poster

(TV Series)

(1972)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The pearl dropped in the museum lands on carpet, but sounds as if it was bouncing on a hard floor.
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Character error 

Lilian Stanhope addresses Columbo inconsistently, pronouncing his rank as 'Loo- tenant', the American way, and 'Left-tenant' the British way. An English actress of her standing in the 1970s would always use the British pronunciation.
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The sign outside the theatre advertises "In memoriam of Sir Roger Haversham" which means "In memory of of (sic) Sir Roger Haversham".
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Continuity 

The tyres on Superintendent Durk's car in the London scenes are clearly of a different make to those on it in the scenes "in the country" (actually shot in the US).
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As Columbo sits reading the Evening Echo on a bench, an elderly man is feeding the birds next to him. His position changes noticeably over camera shot changes as O'Keefe walks over and attracts the Lieutenant's attention, from upright to leant over.
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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.
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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.
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Errors in geography 

Sir Roger Haversham's house is supposed to be in England, but everyone drives their car up the right hand side of the drive.
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Factual errors 

The coat of arms behind the coffin has a coronet (apparently of a European Count) rather than a helmet which Sir Roger would use as a knight.
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Chief Superintendent Durk's car has an incorrect number plate format with 5 numbers, the maximum number of digits for a GB registered car has never been more than 4.
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Revealing mistakes 

The basement of the wax museum is Paul Rifkin's nightclub in "Etude in Black".
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