Columbo: Season 4, Episode 6

A Deadly State of Mind (27 Apr. 1975)

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A psychiatrist, who specializes in hypnosis, murders the husband of his mistress and convinces her to lie to the police; it's up to Lt. Columbo to discover the truth.

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Dr. Mark Collier
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Nadia Donner (as Lesley Warren)
Stephen Elliott ...
Carl Donner
Karen Machon ...
Dr. Anita Borden
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William Wintersole ...
Dr. Hunt
Ryan MacDonald ...
Charles Whelan
Jack Manning ...
Daniel Morris
Fred Draper ...
David Morris
Glorie Kaufman ...
Brenda
Redmond Gleeson ...
Arnold
Vance Davis ...
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Danny Wells ...
Gary Keppler
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Mark Collier is a psychiatrist and Nadia Donner is a patient of his. Mark is also Nadia's lover and his main concern is for a book he is writing. When Nadia and Mark are caught by her husband, Mark kills him with a poker. When the police arrive Nadia tells an unlikely story about two robbers. But will Lt. Columbo believe her? Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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This is one of the few Columbo episodes where the original murder is a spontaneous act. In most episodes the murder is carefully planned. See more »

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The interiors of the Van Wyck house in "Playback" and the Donner beach house in "Deadly State of Mind" are the same. Both have steps leading down from one room into two adjacent rooms at 90 degrees from each other. The door to the house enters at this upper level in "Playback" but the door appears to be covered up by a piece of furniture in "Deadly State of Mind". The fireplace is in the same location. See more »

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Man doctor at party: You know, I find this absolutely fascinating. Do you have, uh, an interesting investigation you've been involved with? We'd love to hear about something like that.
Second man doctor at party: Yeah!
Woman Doctor at Party: Yeah!
Columbo: I think that the most interesting investigation is always the one that you're working on at the moment.
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Mazurka No.6 in A Minor, Op.7 No.2
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Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Top-Notch Columbo TV Thriller
8 May 2005 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

A brilliant psychotherapist kills his lover's husband at her home and tries to make it look like a robbery, but when she fails to convince the police with their story he uses hypnotic suggestion to murder her too. However, he has not reckoned with Lieutenant Columbo's tenacity in exposing the conspiracy and getting his man.

One of the best of ABC's classic Columbo mysteries, expertly written by Peter S. Fischer, and beautifully played by the cast. Hamilton is ideal as the suave, amoral research psychologist, seducing his patient purely for her literary worth to him. A very young Warren is fabulous as the flaky, child-like rich man's wife, unable to make the cover story stick despite her best efforts. And Falk is simply unforgettable as Columbo - affable, idiosyncratic, painstaking and brilliant. As with the best of these mysteries, it is the details of the investigation that make viewing so pleasurable - the broken flint, the thin tyre track, the jewellry in the stocking and the final masterstroke with the blind man. A fine example of some of the best TV crime drama ever made.


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