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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
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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
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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: As Columbo walks through the zoo to meet Harry Alexander, the background voices and sounds repeat several times and are clearly on an tape-loop.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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Did anybody notice "Helen Crump"??, 19 November 2006
Author: Ripshin from North Carolina

Aneta Corsaut portrayed Andy Taylor's girlfriend/wife in the top-rated (Number 1!!) TV show, "Andy Griffith." Yet, three years later, she goes by barely noticed in a series of guest supporting TV appearances, as with her Nurse Morgan walk-on here. Interesting.

Overall, a great "Columbo" episode, minus the overacting of the previous two installments.

Perhaps the script goes a bit overboard in portraying Columbo's slovenly appearance and behavior, and I certainly do not want to watch him eat another meal, ever again.

Jared Martin is excellent in his brief appearance, and Geer plays the type of character he specialized in bringing to life. Nimoy is indeed a bit "wooden" at times, but I assume that's why he was cast in the role. Anne Francis's second "Columbo" outing is fine.

Director Averback specialized in TV movies, pilots and series episodes, so the production is professional, is not somewhat pedestrian.

Does anybody know what building is used for exteriors of the hospital?

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