Columbo: Season 6, Episode 3

The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case (22 May 1977)

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Sigma Society member Oliver Brandt murders his business partner when he threatens to expose him as an embezzler and constructs a seemingly foolproof alibi.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Brandt
Bertie Hastings
Vivian Brandt
Mr. Danziger
George Camponella
George Sperdakos ...
Mr. Wagner
Todd Martin ...
Sergeant Burke
Dorrie Thomson ...
Miss Elsenback
Caroline Treynor
Carlene Watkins ...
Angela (as Fay Dewitt)
Kathleen King ...


Columbo this time tries to tackle a murderer who has one of the highest IQs in the world. The victim is a business partner who threatened to expose the killer for stealing money from his clients. The murderer uses all his intelligence to plan the perfect murder. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
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Terrific, highly entertaining Columbo mystery
8 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I always have been a fan of Columbo, and the Bye-Bye Sky High IQ Murder Case is no exception. It is not one of my favourites of the series as such, but it is still terrific and highly entertaining both as a mystery and an episode. I can think of tighter-paced and more plausible Columbo entries, but even that doesn't stop Bye-Bye High Sky from being diverting with several amusing(often hilarious) moments and a spooky ending. Not to mention the off the wall characters, and one of the more inventive titles of the series. It is strikingly filmed and beautifully orchestrated, complete with droll, clever dialogue and strong direction. Peter Falk still continues to impress as Columbo, and Theodore Bikel's Brandt is splendidly-pitched. Kenneth Mars, Samantha Eggar and Jamie Lee Curtis are fun to watch and spot in support roles. All in all, highly entertaining. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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