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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Nathaniel Murphy
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Harry Danner ...
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Anne McGoohan ...
Marcia
Herschel Sparber ...
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Steve O'Connor ...
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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 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 »

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Unrealistic time for elevator to reach the roof for a 4 story building- 1 minute & 58 seconds. Assuming 6 floors from basement to roof they want us to believe the elevator takes 20 seconds to reach each floor. Even 60 seconds is stretch, Combined with the flashes inside the elevator demonstrating how fast the elevator actually moved it proved the time frame set was more convenient for story line. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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That's Amore
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
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Classical - Not!
12 March 2002 | by (Derbyshire, England) – See all my reviews

Having seen almost all the Columbo movies I was disappointed by this latest offering. Peter Falk was trying hard to recreate his best form as the raincoat claden detective but sadly fell short.

The character interaction was predictable and with the likes of Patrick McGoohan directing (again) and the ever 'loud' and 'outrageous' Billy Connolly one would have hoped for a far better script to do justice to this great series of TV movies.


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