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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Release Date:

22 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les surdoués See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


The character in the suede coat originally starts with a straight-stem briar pipe, then right before the supposed gun shots, he is smoking a bent-stem meerschaum pipe. See more »


Lt. Columbo: Here I've been talking with the most intelligent people in the world, and I never even noticed.
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Boo Hoo (You've Got Me Crying For You)
Written by Carmen Lombardo, Edward Heyman and John Jacob Loeb
Heard early on and again over the end credits
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Odd Title but entertaining!
23 May 2006 | by SylSee all my reviews

I agree it's entertaining. Peter Falk as Columbo is always entertaining and even in this one. It's an odd title though from his others. Don't miss Jamie Lee Curtis as the uptight waitress and the great British actress, Samantha (I forget her last name) as the unhappy spending wife of the prime suspect. It takes place at a club house for the geniuses of SOuthern California and the prime suspect is a genius who kills his partner genius rather than lose his fortune. Of course, the smarter the prime suspect in Columbos, the harder it is catch them or at least we think so. Anyway, Columbo does his best job to make sure he catches his man or woman. Of course, this episode is not one of my personal favorites but it's always worth watching again.

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