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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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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12 March 2001 (USA)  »

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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 »


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 »


Lt. Columbo: Just one more thing, sir.
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Stick to the re-runs
5 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remain a huge fan of Columbo reruns and taped what I thought was an original Columbo episode. Columbo wasn't in it the first 10-15 minutes, but I sensed something was terribly wrong. It was as if it was a show trying to be Columbo and trying way, way too hard. Then when a grizzled Peter Falk showed up and was way, way over the top, I realized it was a recent attempt at bringing back a once-great TV show. It was too sad to watch all the way through. This should never again be aired because it does the original TV show such a gross injustice. Falk overacts every single second of the show, trying so hard to be Columbo. The original Columbo was subtle. This Columbo was anything but.

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