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.


Patrick McGoohan


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




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 ... 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


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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Release Date:

12 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meurtre en musique See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Anne McGoohan (Marcia) is the daughter of the director Patrick McGoohan. See more »


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 »


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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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


1812 Overture
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Enjoyable Columbo film despite a weak ending and some bum notes from Falk
2 April 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Findlay Crawford is an award winning film composer with a small secret – most of his best work has been written standing on the shoulders of the young, uncredited composer Gabriel McEnery. Now that Gabriel has started asking for some credit and has begun being vocal about it in front of others, Crawford decides that the time is right and placates him with the offer of conducting at a show the next night. However he has no intention of letting this happen and instead drugs Gabriel and puts him on the roof (where he usually hangs out) on top of a defunct lift panel. As he starts his show he times the lift to go to the roof, thus opening the panel and flipping Gabriel's comatose body off the roof to his death. All seems like a pointless waste of young talent to the witnesses but a stray noise tells Columbo that there is more to this than a tragic accident or suicide.

This is the most recent Columbo that I have seen and I was therefore very worried that it would be terrible as some of the ones I've seen from around 1990 have been mostly average at best. However the directing presence of Columbo regular McGoohan made me think again plus the plot summary suggested that, having already caught a Spielberg clone, Columbo was going after John Williams. This may be the case but given that I don't know much about Williams outside of his music so any sly digs at him were lost on me. The plot is pretty clever and it was developed well enough to hold my interest but the ending is really weak and is not enough to trap Crawford even in the world of TV detectives. The direction is good and the film feels quite modern, which I know it is but it was still a new feel for the Columbo movies for me.

The cast are so-so and mostly good. Falk was good for the most part but at times his Columbo seemed to be almost an impression of Columbo; this is most evident when trying to "name that tune" with Crawford's orchestra. Outside of this he is good but it is not his best turn in the mac. Connolly is a solid choice of guest star and he works well with Falk – it is nice to have a genuine big name in the suspect's chair. He is a big character as well and, although toned down from his comic personae, he still provides a good presence. The support isn't that great but it doesn't really matter that much (although Willett looks about 12 years old).

Overall an enjoyable film from the Columbo series despite the weak ending and a performance that isn't Falk's best. Maybe not enough to convince unbelievers that the long running series is deserved but fans will find it easy to enjoy.

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