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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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 »

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At the end, when Columbo shows Crawford the "love note" written by Gabriel, it is written in a different, round, curly script than the original, which had a more angular script. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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Follows Columbo: It's All in the Game (1993) See more »

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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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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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