Columbo (1971–2003)
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Murder with Too Many Notes 

A Hollywood film composer and conductor murdered a talented musician who has been ghostwriting most of his work in recent years.

Director:

Patrick McGoohan

Writers:

Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Billy Connolly ... Findlay Crawford
Richard Riehle ... Sgt Degarmo
Charles Cioffi ... Sidney Ritter
Hillary Danner Hillary Danner ... Rebecca
Chad Willett ... Gabriel McEnery
Scott Atkinson ... Tony
Obi Ndefo Obi Ndefo ... Nathaniel Murphy
Randy Oglesby ... Joshua Vinten
Luis Avalos ... Antonio
Harry Danner ... Fitch
Anne McGoohan Anne McGoohan ... Marcia
Herschel Sparber Herschel Sparber ... Priestly
Steve O'Connor Steve O'Connor ... Throve
Larry Gilman Larry Gilman ... Tomblin
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Storyline

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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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meurtre en musique See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The box Columbo keeps his small cigars in is an Altoid tin. See more »

Goofs

We see that the victim's eyes are peacefully closed as he lies on the rooftop, thoroughly drugged, until he is shoved off the building. But when Gabe's body hits the pavement, his eyes are wide open. Writer Jeffrey Cava admits that everyone failed to spot this goof in multiple screenings during production. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Columbo: Oh, sorry to disturb you, sir. I realize this is a bad time.
Findlay Crawford: Have a drink. It's a good time to be drinking.
Lt. Columbo: Uh, not right now, thank you, sir. Still on duty. Would it be all right, sir, if I, uh, smoked a small cigar?
Findlay Crawford: Of course. I love a good cigar myself. There's a humidor over there. Help yourself.
Lt. Columbo: Oh, I'm kind of used to these here, thank you.
Findlay Crawford: Please yourself. Light up, sit down, and make yourself at home. No more home for poor Gabriel, I'm afraid.
Lt. Columbo: Oh, that was unfortunate, sir.
Findlay Crawford: It was a ...
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Connections

References Oklahoma! (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiegenlied (Lullaby)
Music by Johannes Brahms
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One of the most confusing and disappointing Columbo episodes ever made.
14 May 2014 | by sos45-977-267352See all my reviews

The murder plot is actually pretty ingenious, and the murderer, actor Billy Connoly, is quite interesting as Columbo's foil. But the writing is dreadful, as it leaves tons of stuff unexplained and puts in tons of stuff for no seeming purpose or connection to the plot. Early on, when Columbo drives the killer home in an endlessly long scene, it is obviously for some purpose, but that purpose is never explained. An extended focus on a certain aspect of the victim's clothing is likewise endlessly extended, but leaves it very unclear as to what Columbo is seeking to prove with it. Finally, in the final scene, he re-enacts the murder in a staged childlike manner, bringing up issues that seemingly have no connection to his proof, and offers a final "proof" that is one of the least convincing in Columbo history, yet the murderer smilingly gives up w/o any argument. And the final big clue is obtained after the medical examiner overlooked an obvious piece of evidence that would have cost any ME his job. What is most frustrating is that for long stretches of this movie, it is actually highly enjoyable, and with the fine acting of the murderer and the directing of the great Columbo contributor Patrick McGoohan, it could easily have been turned into a dandy episode, if only the writing was at more than a B-movie level.


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