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:
Charles Cioffi ...
Hillary Danner ...
Obi Ndefo ...
Nathaniel Murphy
Joshua Vinten
Harry Danner ...
Anne McGoohan ...
Herschel Sparber ...
Steve O'Connor ...
Larry Gilman ...


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 »


Computer printer that prints music score is accompanied by the sound of a dot matrix printer, when the printer is clearly an HP 4MP Laser printer. See more »


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


Wiegenlied (Lullaby)
Music by Johannes Brahms
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C'mon Columbo - you can do better than that!
10 January 2003 | by (Bellevue WA) – See all my reviews

I am a HUGE Columbo fan.. My trusty Tivo has become my best friend, and I never miss an episode! I don't want to criticize a Columbo, for fear that Peter Falk will read the comments and decide it's time to put the old detective away..

But, I've gotta say - out of the long list of episodes I've seen, this is by far the most disappointing. Not only was it very unrealistic - the forensics (for a 2000 movie) were very out of date, but the plot [the ending specifically] left us dangling.

I didn't even realize it was over! When he confessed and joked about prison, we were like "huh?? what happened?? why would he confess??".. Columbo is a brilliant detective, and this one sold him short.

I know future episodes will make up for it.. [hint hint].. he's not ready to be put down.. I hope if the powers that be read this, they will realize that Columbo has a lot of life left in him, but I hope they also choose scripts that really are his traditional style: the Columbo style we've grown to love.

For this episode specifically, definitely not the best.. but if you're a Columbo junkie, definitely worth a watch - even a bad Columbo makes you smile. =)

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