Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Stitch in Crime 

A surgeon has an ingenious plan for murdering his partner in a research project, but a nurse catches onto the scheme.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Leonard Nimoy ... Dr. Barry Mayfield
Anne Francis ... Nurse Sharon Martin
Nita Talbot ... Marcia Dalton
Will Geer ... Dr. Edmund Hidemann
Aneta Corsaut ... Nurse Morgan
Jared Martin ... Harry Alexander
Victor Millan Victor Millan ... Detective Flores
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Paul (as Kenneth Sansom)
Murray MacLeod ... Dr. Simpson
Leonard Simon Leonard Simon ... Dr. Michaelson
Ron Stokes Ron Stokes ... Tom
Patsy Garrett Patsy Garrett ... Cleaning Woman


Dr. Barry Mayfield is a highly successful and respected surgeon, but his patience leaves a lot to be desired. Nurse Martin becomes suspicious about his tools in sewing up internal organs in his most recent 'successful' operation (namely, his sutures). The good doctor kills her before she spills the beans, but Mayfield doesn't count on Detective Columbo's investigative skills, which quickly uncover a trail of murderous events. Written by Scott Dawson <> / edited by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

11 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colombo: Il filo del delitto See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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Did You Know?


This episode marked a rare time where Columbo (Peter Falk) showed anger towards a suspect (Leonard Nimoy). See more »


When Columbo is talking with the roommate of the victim, named Marcia Dalton, Falk accidentally calls her "Miss Talbot," which refers to the name of the actress playing Dalton, Nita Talbot. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Why would a left-handed man give himself a shot in his left arm?
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) See more »

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Columbo TV Movies Were As Good As Guest Star
28 August 2001 | by eibon09See all my reviews

Columbo is one of the mainstays of 1970s American television that is one of the longest TV movies in the history of television. These mini films were good or great depending on what name actor was guest starring and what interesting plot was involved. Columbo:A Stitch in Crime(1973) features a wonderful performance by Star Trek actor, Lennard Neimoy who butts heads with the title character. The story is fasciating to follow and the characters are just good enough to make this one of the best in the Columbo TV movies.

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