Columbo (1971–2003)
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The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case 

Sigma Society member Oliver Brandt murders his business partner when he threatens to expose him as an embezzler and constructs a seemingly foolproof alibi.


Sam Wanamaker


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Theodore Bikel ... Oliver Brandt
Kenneth Mars ... Mike
Sorrell Booke ... Bertie Hastings
Samantha Eggar ... Vivian Brandt
Basil Hoffman ... Jason Danziger
Howard McGillin ... George Camponella
George Sperdakos ... Mr. Wagner
Todd Martin Todd Martin ... Sergeant Burke
Dorrie Thomson ... Miss Eisenback
Carol Jones ... Caroline Treynor
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Waitress
Carlene Watkins ... Amy (credit only)
Fay DeWitt ... Angela (as Fay Dewitt)
Kathleen King ... Suzy


Columbo this time tries to tackle a murderer who has one of the highest IQs in the world. The victim is a business partner who threatened to expose the killer for stealing money from his clients. The murderer uses all his intelligence to plan the perfect murder. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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Theodore Bikel played a similar role in the Season 1 episode "Chariot of Gold" of Knight Rider. See more »


Columbo attaches a crocodile clip to the record player arm after it starts to play. This should have caused the music to skip a few tracks. See more »


Oliver Brandt: Alas, my dear, I shall not be needing you... anymore.
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Boo Hoo (You've Got Me Crying For You)
Written by Carmen Lombardo, Edward Heyman and John Jacob Loeb
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The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case
15 September 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A rather different performance from Sorrell Booke who would go on to play the loud, obnoxious Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard.

Booke plays the meek, put upon Bertie Hastings, an accountant with a high IQ. He knows his business partner Oliver Brandt (Theodore Bikel) is embezzling funds from clients to maintain a lifestyle to impress his wife. Brandt also has a high IQ.

Both belong to a society for geniuses. Brandt realises he needs to get rid of Hastings as he knows too much and expose him.

At the regular meeting of the genius society. Brandt shoots Hastings and then sets it up that an intruder shot him while Brandt was downstairs with other people.

Columbo quickly dismisses the intruder theory. The crime scene does not look right to him. Brandt looks very nervy and shifty from the get go. He had a soot marks on his face, he had an umbrella but it was not raining, there were marks on the stylus of the record player.

The set up of the murder was elaborate. There is a game of intellectual puzzles between Brandt and Columbo. This is a case where the intellectual suspect starts to fall apart rather than be aloof and arrogant. I am not sure the way the murderer gave himself away worked for me.

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22 May 1977 (USA) See more »

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Les surdoués See more »

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