Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Deadly State of Mind 

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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Dr. Hunt
Ryan MacDonald ...
Charles Whelan
Jack Manning ...
Daniel Morris
Fred Draper ...
David Morris
Glorie Kaufman ...
Brenda
Redmond Gleeson ...
Arnold
Vance Davis ...
Officer Hendryx
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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27 April 1975 (USA)  »

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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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When Columbo questions the wife, she states that a man came to the door to ask to use the telephone as his car had broken down. But she also says that there were two men with stockings on their faces. Who in their right mind would open their home to a man with a stocking on his face asking to use the phone? See more »

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Sergeant George Kramer: You got a European car?
Columbo: That's a French car. Yeah, my car's a French car.
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Mazurka No.6 in A Minor, Op.7 No.2
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Composed by Frédéric Chopin
From the audio unit which Columbo switches on
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George Hamilton as the slickest of villains
5 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A DEADLY STATE OF MIND is one of the best Columbo episodes I've watched. It's a story that never puts a foot wrong, packed with engaging and enjoyable performances and a wonderfully twisty plot with some great surprises hidden along the way. George Hamilton plays a delightfully suave hypnotist who accidentally murders a love rival in the opening scenes and decides to cover up the crime as best he can.

Unfortunately for him, Columbo is soon on the case and sniffing out some of those delightfully insignificant clues that become important later on in the game. What follows is a cat and mouse story in which the stakes are gradually raised to breaking point. There's a wonderful swimming pool set piece and great acting from supporting starlet Lesley Ann Warren, who makes the most of her conflicted and fragile character. Hamilton gives a performance that reminded me of Roger Moore, all bluff and bluster and raised eyebrows; he's great fun. And of course, Peter Falk excels as Columbo in one of his most likable appearances as the detective. Plus, A DEADLY STATE OF MIND incorporates one of the best twist endings I've seen in any Columbo film.


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