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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Obi Ndefo ...
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Anne McGoohan ...
Herschel Sparber ...
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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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Although Peter Falk wanted Patrick McGoohan to both act the killer's role and direct the MOW, McGoohan declined acting in the project. Billy Connolly was cast in the role. During filming, Patrick McGoohan became exasperated with Connolly for not learning his scripted dialogue. Patrick was a stickler on line delivery, since Patrick usually rewrote, revising scenes and dialogue related to the scenario. Another factor came into a scene's filming when it became apparent that Billy Connolly had imbibe in alcohol all afternoon, slurring his dialogue. Peter Falk was performing a scene with Billy Connolly in the recording studio set when Patrick McGoohan interrupted accusing Connally of being drunk! An ensuing argument occurred between Connolly and McGoohan, lasting about twenty minutes. The actors disappeared in their off stage dressing room trailers. An hour later, filming resumed. Connolly knew his dialogue for the rest of the filming schedule. See more »


Mortuary: murder victim has no post-mortem Y-incision when Columbo looks at body, yet autopsy report has been done. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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Music by Bernard Herrmann
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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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