Columbo: Season 13, Episode 4

Murder with Too Many Notes (12 Mar. 2001)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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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 film "movie" sequence used in the orchestra studio recording session was filmed first, using the Universal back lot location for the "movie" sequence. This film sequence was quickly edited in order to be used during the scenes of the orchestra recording sessions. The studio orchestra composer-conductor's office was the first sequence of scenes filmed when the company moved onto the stage. (After this set was filmed, construction turned this set around to become the police station). The company moved outside of the stage, where the exterior of the composer's studio bungalow office was built in the open parking stage space. (Interesting trivia is that the Findlay exterior and interior set of the bungalow was based upon the Spanish styled architecture of production office bungalows at Warner Brothers Studio. The crew immediately identified with the sets similarity to the Warner Brothers' facility). The orchestra recording sessions followed in the filming schedule; then the basement elevator set; followed by the exterior stage roof top elevator shaft (exterior Technicolor top deck parking structure); followed by the exterior of the sound stage. Scouting locations for budget reasons, the preliminary plan was to use the studio musicians' union hall facility in Hollywood, California, for the recording session scenes. After lengthy creative production meetings, this plan was discarded because of the location expenses for facility dressing rooms and to make the location fit the script requirements. Placing the production back at the Universal Studio lot allowed more creative control for Patrick McGoohan (director) and Peter Falk. Patrick McGoohan had made extensive script rewrites for the main characters and for the murder plot, which included the onstage elevator shaft sequence. Peter Falk enjoyed working with Patrick because the two of them could invent, contrive, vastly improving the script scenario and character development. See more »


The size and placement of the broken champagne glass pieces changes from when it first falls on the floor and breaks to when Gabriel collapses next to them. See more »


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


The Murder from Psycho
Music by Bernard Herrmann
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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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