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"Columbo" A Stitch in Crime (1973)

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Shirl Hendryx (written by)
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Original Air Date:
11 February 1973 (Season 2, Episode 6)
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Plot:
A surgeon has an ingenious plan for murdering his partner in a research project, but a nurse catches onto the scheme. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Inventive plot, cool adversary, smart comedy, great twist ending: this "Columbo" has it all See more (30 total) »

Cast

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

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Leonard Nimoy ... Dr. Barry Mayfield

Anne Francis ... Nurse Sharon Martin

Nita Talbot ... Marcia Dalton

Will Geer ... Dr. Edmund Hidemann

Aneta Corsaut ... Nurse Morgan

Jared Martin ... Harry Alexander
Victor Millan ... Detective Flores
Ken Sansom ... Paul (as Kenneth Sansom)
Murray MacLeod ... Dr. Simpson
Leonard Simon ... Dr. Michaelson
Ron Stokes ... Tom
Patsy Garrett ... Cleaning Woman
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Hy Averback 
 
Writing credits
Shirl Hendryx (written by)

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

Produced by
Edward K. Dodds .... associate producer
Dean Hargrove .... producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
 
Cinematography by
Harry L. Wolf (director of photography) (as Harry Wolf)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Kimble 
 
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
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Foster H. Phinney .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Edwin S. Hall .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
Jackson Gillis .... executive story consultant
 
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74 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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The uniquely shaped Operating Room, with observation windows above, was also used as the Beauty Mark lab in Season 3 "Lovely But Lethal".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 1 min) We see a close-up of Sharon's roommate Marcia reaching for a tissue in her bag. The bag is opened since we see the buckle up her breasts. In the next (wider) shot she's still struggling to open her bag.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Columbo:Okay. You win. You're finally rid of me.
Dr. Barry Mayfield:You'll be all right, Lieutenant. I'm sure you'll find others to harass.
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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Inventive plot, cool adversary, smart comedy, great twist ending: this "Columbo" has it all, 29 March 2005
Author: J. Spurlin from United States

What a great "Columbo" episode. For fans, this has everything. A brilliant adversary. A tricky plot. Deftly chosen jokes. And a twist ending that comes like a thunderclap.

Dr. Mayfield (Leonard Nimoy) is a surgeon with an ingenious scheme for murdering the kindly Dr. Hidemann, his infuriatingly cautious partner in a research project. But Hidemann's devoted nurse (Anne Francis) catches on to the scheme, and Mayfield murders her to prevent discovery. It's up to our Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) not only to find out who killed the nurse but prevent another murder from taking place.

Two things often trip up even the best writers of this series. One is the ending. Too often an episode ends with Columbo revealing a damning piece of evidence that doesn't seem all that damning. Or he tricks the killer into giving himself away, which never quite feels satisfactory. I won't give away this ending, of course. Let's just say it'll please the most demanding fan.

The other thing is the comedy scenes. Columbo affects dimwittedness and bad manners to trick his quarry into underestimating him. But too often the writers seem to think that he is genuinely a buffoon. For instance, there's a terrible scene in "Dagger of the Mind" where he inadvertently creates havoc at an airport. It's not funny, and it's not our Columbo. "A Stitch in Crime," by contrast, has some splendidly comic moments where he is not a clown, just a bit inattentive to manners. What he does with a hardboiled egg is priceless.

He also has the standard scene where something makes him queasy. In "Ransom for a Dead Man" it's the airplane ride. In "Dead Weight" it's the boat ride. Here it's hospitals, especially the operating room. But I like how he's able to steel himself when it really counts. I also love a novel moment. We actually see our faux-obsequious detective drop the pretense and lose his temper. I don't think he's done that since "Prescription: Murder."

Leonard Nimoy is essentially Mr. Spock in a white coat. His Dr. Mayfield is better able to keep his emotions at bay than just about any other murderer in the series. He makes brilliant move after brilliant move, but Columbo checks him every time. And then in the very last frame: checkmate.

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