Columbo: Season 13, Episode 4

Murder with Too Many Notes (12 Mar. 2001)

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Findlay Crawford, a Hollywood film composer and conductor, murders a talented composer/musician who has been ghostwriting most of Crawford's work in recent years, including the entire score... See full summary »

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Findlay Crawford, a Hollywood film composer and conductor, murders a talented composer/musician who has been ghostwriting most of Crawford's work in recent years, including the entire score for the last film, which won an Oscar. Crawford is jealous of the young musician whose talent outshines his own. Will Columbo find out who did it? It's just one more thing. Written by Sally 4th

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The film "movie" sequence used in the orchestra studio recording session was filmed first, using the Universal back lot location for the "movie" sequence. This film sequence was quickly edited in order to be used during the scenes of the orchestra recording sessions. The studio orchestra composer-conductor's office was the first sequence of scenes filmed when the company moved onto the stage. (After this set was filmed, construction turned this set around to become the police station). The company moved outside of the stage, where the exterior of the composer's studio bungalow office was built in the open parking stage space. (Interesting trivia is that the Findlay exterior and interior set of the bungalow was based upon the Spanish styled architecture of production office bungalows at Warner Brothers Studio. The crew immediately identified with the sets similarity to the Warner Brothers' facility). The orchestra recording sessions followed in the filming schedule; then the basement elevator set; followed by the exterior stage roof top elevator shaft (exterior Technicolor top deck parking structure); followed by the exterior of the sound stage. Scouting locations for budget reasons, the preliminary plan was to use the studio musicians' union hall facility in Hollywood, California, for the recording session scenes. After lengthy creative production meetings, this plan was discarded because of the location expenses for facility dressing rooms and to make the location fit the script requirements. Placing the production back at the Universal Studio lot allowed more creative control for Patrick McGoohan (director) and Peter Falk. Patrick McGoohan had made extensive script rewrites for the main characters and for the murder plot, which included the onstage elevator shaft sequence. Peter Falk enjoyed working with Patrick because the two of them could invent, contrive, vastly improving the script scenario and character development. See more »

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Shadow of camera on van of locksmith at apartment murder victim. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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One of the most confusing and disappointing Columbo episodes ever made.
14 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The murder plot is actually pretty ingenious, and the murderer, actor Billy Connoly, is quite interesting as Columbo's foil. But the writing is dreadful, as it leaves tons of stuff unexplained and puts in tons of stuff for no seeming purpose or connection to the plot. Early on, when Columbo drives the killer home in an endlessly long scene, it is obviously for some purpose, but that purpose is never explained. An extended focus on a certain aspect of the victim's clothing is likewise endlessly extended, but leaves it very unclear as to what Columbo is seeking to prove with it. Finally, in the final scene, he re-enacts the murder in a staged childlike manner, bringing up issues that seemingly have no connection to his proof, and offers a final "proof" that is one of the least convincing in Columbo history, yet the murderer smilingly gives up w/o any argument. And the final big clue is obtained after the medical examiner overlooked an obvious piece of evidence that would have cost any ME his job. What is most frustrating is that for long stretches of this movie, it is actually highly enjoyable, and with the fine acting of the murderer and the directing of the great Columbo contributor Patrick McGoohan, it could easily have been turned into a dandy episode, if only the writing was at more than a B-movie level.


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