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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We see that the victim's eyes are peacefully closed as he lies on the rooftop, thoroughly drugged, until he is shoved off the building. But when Gabe's body hits the pavement, his eyes are wide open. Writer Jeffrey Cava admits that everyone failed to spot this goof in multiple screenings during production. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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Follows Columbo: A Trace of Murder (1997) See more »

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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Could have been soooooooo much better...
12 March 2001 | by (Maryville, TN) – See all my reviews

Just saw this in its US premiere on ABC a couple of hours ago and I must say that I was a wee bit disappointed! Peter Falk was his usual reliable self and, although he was pretty good, I expected much more from my main man Billy Connolly. He seemed to take his stand-up routine persona and just transfer it to his Findlay Crawford character, which I personally don't feel worked as it would have if he took his character in a more serious vein, kind of like he did in 'Mrs Brown'. All in all, it was a pretty ingenious plot, but nothing we haven't seen before.


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