The sixty sixth episode of Columbo was titled Murder with Too Many Notes and was the fourth episode of the show’s final season. Columbo calls the tune as a legendary film composer tries to lead him on a merry dance. In this podcast Gerry and Iain consider the show’s third and final Scottish killer.
Legendary Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly was handed the killer’s gloves as Columbo returned after a two-and-a-half year hiatus with a clunking, ill-conceived disaster of an episode. Connolly’s Findlay Crawford is a composer of film soundtracks who has been propped up in recent years by the uncredited work of his protégé Gabriel McEnery (Chad Willett) as his own talents waned. Threatened with exposure of this charade, Crawford kills McEnery using a long-abandoned elevator to knock him off the roof of a concert venue while apparently on-stage.
Richard Riehle makes his second and final Columbo appearance as Sergeant Degarmo, while additional support is provided by Charles Cioffi as movie director Sidney Ritter and Hillary Danner as McEnery’s girlfriend Rebecca. Obi Ndefo plays sound engineer Nathaniel Murphy, while Miguel Pérez is uncredited as security guard Freddie.
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Murder with Too Many Notes was released in 2001. It is 88 minutes long and originally aired on the ABC network. This episode is not available on Netflix, but can be found on the Season 10 or complete collection DVD box sets from Universal (all remaining episodes are considered ‘Season 10’ in the DVD collection).