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"Columbo" A Stitch in Crime (1973)

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Original Air Date:
11 February 1973 (Season 2, Episode 6)
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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 (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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Craig Chudy ... Policeman in Operating Theater (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Cop with Orange Juice (uncredited)

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
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
74 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
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 »
Continuity: When Columbo visits the murdered nurse's room-mate, the level of water she pours for him (to cure his "hay fever") seems to fluctuate over the next few minutes.See more »
Lt. Columbo:You must be a terrific surgeon.
Dr. Barry Mayfield:Well... Dr. Hidemann and I DO share a mutual respect.
Lt. Columbo:Oh, that. Oh, yeah, he must think you're very good. No, actually, Doctor, I was referring to your great concentration.
Dr. Barry Mayfield:Well, how is that, Lieutenant?
Lt. Columbo:Well, when I came in, you see, you were getting the news of your nurse's death on the phone - I could see you were terribly upset - but while you were on the phone, you reset your desk clock.
Dr. Barry Mayfield:Well, I fail to see the virtue in that.
Lt. Columbo:Aw, you're too modest, Doc. No, most people, they'd be in such a state of shock, they'd never be able to split their concentration like that, the way you did, setting your clock there.
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An adversary as cool as Spock, 6 May 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In this episode of Columbo, Peter Falk takes down a doctor who is one cool customer as he plans what he thinks is a truly inventive homicide. As his adversary here is Leonard Nimoy who gave us the ultimate in cool under fire in Star Trek as Spock we know we are in for a good battle of wits.

The problem is that Nimoy intends to murder his colleague Dr. Will Geer so he can take over a research project. Certainly something hard to prove except to Anne Francis who catches on really early because of her medical training. That necessitates her murder, done a bit more crudely, but still with Nimoy throwing some real good red herrings in the mix for Peter Falk to field. And there's yet a third murder to cinch up the reason for the Anne Francis murder that has nothing whatever to do with the hospital or Will Geer.

Three murders and like his Spock character, Nimoy doesn't bat an eye. He really turns his Star Trek persona for evil in this Columbo episode. Although Falk notices something that Nimoy inadvertently does when they first meet to zero in on him, still Nimoy is one good adversary.

For fans of Columbo and of Mr. Spock.

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