Columbo (1971–2003)
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Mind Over Mayhem 

The director of a government institute that employs various scientific geniuses commits a clever murder. But another kind of genius is on the case: Lt. Columbo.

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Dr. Marshall Cahill (as Jose Ferrer)
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Dr. Howard Nicholson
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Neil Cahill (as Robert Walker)
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Steve Spelberg (as Lee H. Montgomery)
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Margaret Nicholson
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Ross
Arthur Batanides ...
Murph (as Art Batanides)
Darrell Zwerling ...
Motel Manager
Charles Macaulay ...
Farnsworth
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Coroner
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Fields
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Whitehead
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Plainclothesman
Jefferson Kibbee ...
Jeff
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Dr. Marshall Cahill is the director of a government institute that employs various scientific geniuses, including the elderly Dr. Nicholson, who knows that Cahill's son Neil has plagiarized a dead man's theory of molecular structure. When Nicholson threatens exposure, Dr. Cahill murders him and cleverly makes the killing look like the job of a heroin junkie who needed his fix. But clever or not, another kind of genius is on the case: the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo. Written by J. Spurlin

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10 February 1974 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Screenwriters Steven Bochco and Dean Hargrove pay tribute to Steven Spielberg, who had directed Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971) earlier in the series: the boy genius character is called Steve Spelberg. See more »

Goofs

In the "home garage laboratory", there is a shelf of chemical containers marked with their respective formulas. The formulas are written incorrectly. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Marshall Cahill: Right now you are in an institution where any staff member, including your little friend Steve, will tell you that a theory isn't worth a damn unless it can be proved.
Lt. Columbo: It's the same way at the institute that I work at, Doctor.
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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Motive For Murder
22 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Jose Ferrer plays Dr. Marshall Cahill, head scientist at a government institute that reluctantly decides to kill an older colleague named Dr. Nicholson(played by Lew Ayres) in a hit-and-run accident, who threatened to expose his troubled son(played by Robert Walker Jr.) of plagiarism regarding an advanced theory he published. Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) is on the case, with unexpected help from a boy genius named Steve Spelberg(Ha!) and his custom built robot named MM-7(played by Robby The Robot from "Forbidden Planet"), How can the good Lt. find a solution and outwit so many top minds? Despite it's potential, this is a mostly lightweight effort, though entertaining.


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