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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Anne Francis is one of nine actors to have portrayed the murder victim in one episode and a non victim in another episode. She is a non victim in short fuse. The others include, James Gregory who portrays the victim in short fuse and non victim in the most crucial game. Leslie Nielsen portrays the victim in identity crisis and is a non victim in lady-in-waiting. Tim O'Connor portrays the victim in an old-fashioned murder and is a non victim in double shock. Ida Lupino portrays the victim in Swan Song and is a non victim in short fuse. Sorrell Booke portrays the victim in the bye-bye Sky High IQ murder case and a non victim in Swan Song. John Dehner portrays the victim in last salute to the Commodore and a non victim in Swan Song. Dean Stockwell portrays the victim in the most crucial game and a non victim in Troubled Waters. Stephen Elliott portrays the victim in a deadly state of mind and a non victim in Grand deceptions. See more »


(at around 1 min) In a close-up of Sharon's roommate Marcia reaching for a tissue in her bag, the bag is opened to show the buckle up her breasts. In the next (wider) shot she's still struggling to open her bag. See more »


Dr. Barry Mayfield: [finding Columbo at a buffet table] Collecting evidence, Lieutenant, or just being sociable?
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Quintissential Columbo!
12 July 2012 | by CoastalCruiserSee all my reviews

It is clear from perusing the reviews how special this series was to people. For those who don't know, Columbo aired only every 3rd week as part of the NBC Mystery Movie, along with McMillan and Wife (Rock Hudson and Susan St. James), and McCloud (Dennis Weaver from Gunsmoke).

This episode, with our old pal Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek is one of my favorites. Nimoy is quite up to playing out a battle of wits with Peter Falk. The only bummer in this episode was the loss of the beautiful Anne Francis (Forbidden Planet / Honey West) so early in the show.

The key moment in this episode is when Columbo slams the vase (or whatever it was) onto the desk and accuses Nimoy's character of murder. He so rarely loses his cool it's fun to be there when he does.

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11 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colombo: Il filo del delitto See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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