Columbo (1971–2003)
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Murder with Too Many Notes 

A Hollywood film composer and conductor murdered a talented musician who has been ghostwriting most of his work in recent years.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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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12 March 2001 (USA)  »

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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 »


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


Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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References Billy Connolly: An Audience with Billy Connolly (1985) See more »


The Murder from Psycho
Music by Bernard Herrmann
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Weak penultimate outing for the sleuth
15 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

MURDER WITH TOO MANY NOTES was the last-but-one case for TV'S Columbo, still played with relish by an ageing Peter Falk. Sadly, this is one of his lesser outings, a fault which lies purely with the disappointing script; although the writers do well to include many of the beloved crime scene clues in this episode, the way the story plays out feels unfocused and more than a little padded.

Instead, what we get are a lot of night-time scenes of driving around, plenty of peripheral investigations, and not a great deal of hard evidence; the final 'reveal' at the climax seems particularly weak and hardly a reason to convict the killer. Falk is still good value but the humour involving his character is in short supply here and as for Billy Connolly, well he plays Billy Connolly with no attempt at a different character. He's a love-him-or-leave-him type of actor and I could definitely leave him in this story. Still, Columbo's Columbo, and MURDER WITH TOO MANY NOTES passes the time if you're a fan of the fictional sleuth.

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