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 complicated killing scene occurs in (1) a recording sound stage basement, involving an elevator shaft; (2) the elevator platform opening up on the recording stage roof; (3) the exterior stage where the body is thrown off the roof, landing adjacent the sound stage walkway which leads to the stage door. This scenario is in a continuing time frame and sequence of action that Columbo pieces together to solve the murder. This sequence was broken down into three set-ups. The sound stage basement with the elevator shaft was built on the same stage as the recording studio set.. The construction coordinator insisted using a fork lift for the elevators lift and descent instead of rigging a flying counter-weight lift system. (The rental expense of the fork lift ended up costing the same as installing the counter-weight rigged elevator lift unit). (2) The recording studio stage roof top was built on the top floor of the Technicolor production office building's fifth floor parking deck. Scissor lifts were used for the elevator platform which raised the metal roof-top double gated-doors. The sound stage roof top (parking structure set) background point of view was the Universal Studio lot's sound stages, with the studio's hotels and tour hilltop as distant studio property. (3) The exterior Universal sound stage used for the recording studio interior set was filmed for the falling body (rag 'double' male doll). Each sequence required a full day of filming, edited into the action of the orchestra conductor's process of murder. See more »

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In the end credits of this film, it lists Richard Levinson as "Sidney Ritter", which is the name of the character who was the film director in this episode. However, Richard Levinson (creator of Columbo) died years before this was made and wasn't an actor. Charles Cioffi actually played Sidney. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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Follows Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot (1991) See more »

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Good if not great
27 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Murder with too Many Notes(love the title) was a good episode, but it was too flawed to be considered great. Starting with the good points, it is strikingly filmed, the music is delightful, there is some nice scripting and the acting from Peter Falk(not his best mind you, some of the more humorous parts such as "guess the piece" fell slightly flat) and Billy Conolly(toned down but surprisingly effective) is good. However, the plot isn't as strong this time around, the forensics for example as said already is dated and the ending especially was far too abrupt and underdeveloped. The pacing was uneven here, some of it was okay, some of it was slow and other parts felt somewhat frantic. The direction is a tad lacking as well. So overall, it is good, with some good performances, music and title, but the ending and plot fell flat for me. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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