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Murder with Too Many Notes 

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 studio stage roof-top set erected atop the Technicolor parking structure nearly covered the entire parking structure' surface area. After the set had been constructed, the Santa Ana Winds started blowing taking part of the set's roof area off the structure. The flats performed like sails flying off the North side of the parking structure during the night. The following morning, the prop maker crew carried the flats back to the roof structure, reassembling the set for the following day of filming of the scenes occurring on the setting. The winds cleared the haze for a spectacular bright sunny Southern California day. See more »

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In the end credits of this film, it lists Richard Levinson as "Sidney Ritter", which is the name of the character who was the film director in this episode. However, Richard Levinson (creator of Columbo) died years before this was made and wasn't an actor. Charles Cioffi actually played Sidney. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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Follows Columbo: Columbo Goes to College (1990) See more »

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1812 Overture
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Tepid Columbo story
24 April 2002 | by (Port Talbot, South Wales,UK) – See all my reviews

The decent assembling of Billy Connelly as the murderer and Patrick McGoohan behind the camera, merely compounds the disappointment of this largely unsatisfying, lukewarm 1999 Columbo TV movie, which sees Connelly play a highly-respected Hollywood composer who is forced to murder the dissatisfied understudy he has used to saved his flagging career.

Strongly enough plotted; a rather good platform is established in the early stages, but the momentum is barely maintained simply because the supporting clues are patchy in nature and moreover, the screen chemistry between Falk and Connelly is decidedly hit-and-miss; in fact Connelly's portrayal struggles to make an decent impact as he seems to be caught between a serious and a comedic interpretation of his character.

The finale is also on the bizarre side and is staged at the murder scene on top of a building: Columbo's evidence is not particularly overwhelming and Connelly's character more or less turns round and gives himself up. Also, in an odd error of fact, Columbo asks the deceased's partner to teach him to play Columbo's trademark song "this old man" on the piano, but he says that it is something that his wife hums; when we know that it is actually him who usually whistles the song.

A largely disappointing effort, which stands to date, as the penultimate Columbo adventure in its history and one that will not be recalled in a positive light.


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