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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Shadow of camera on van of locksmith at apartment murder victim. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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The Murder from Psycho
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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