Colombo: Dagger of the Mind

Date: 1972
Director: Richard Quine
Production Company: Universal Studios

Stars: Peter Falk. Richard Basehart, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Bernard Fox, John Williams, Honor Blackman
Location(s): London



Lillian Stanhope and Nicholas Frame are two famed actors in London set to act in ‘Macbeth’. Producer Sir Roger Haversham had been Lillian’s lover but finds out he has been deceived by the couple and is about to cancel their widely anticipated and lucrative engagement. During a dressing room brawl between the three, Haversham is accidentally killed by Stanhope. As Haversham had not been seen by any of the cast or crew before he entered the couple’s dressing room, they decide to hide his body and later take the corpse to his mansion and stage his “accidental” death. However, Lieutenant Colombo, in London to learn about new investigation methods used by Scotland Yard, smells something fishy in this supposed accident.

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Colombo (Peter Falk) comes to London to catch up on the latest forensic technology. Having been collected by the police at the airport he is taken to New Scotland Yard through London and in typical style incredulously asks....."is that Buckingham Palace?"..... The Mall with the Victoria Memorial in the background.

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A clearer picture now with added bollards.

He leaves the car to take a photograph. The Mall, London, SW1

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A view across The Mall towards Hyde Park and the many flag poles and tourists crossing the road.

With camera in hand he looks around in disbelief. The Mall looking towards the gates of Hyde Park.

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Now with far more street furniture and road organisation.

Making his way through the crowds Colombo takes a photograph of Buckingham Palace.

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Less tourists when I was there.

Meanwhile the story unfolds at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1

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A change of production is about the only change.

......."Is that Tower Bridge?"

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You can't cross there now.

He walks down to Gun Wharf, Tower of London to take a photograph.

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The same tree to the left, only larger.

They eventually arrive at their destination. New Scotland Yard, Broadway, London SW1, now demolished.

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We await what is to replace New Scotland Yard.

Sir Roger Haversham (John Williams) is to be murdered at the Royal Court Theatre by his lover (Honor Blackman) and fellow actor Nicholas Frame (Richard Basehart) during the dress rehearsal for his new play. Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1

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The signage has been re-arranged.

Nicholas arrives in his sports car.

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Gone are the days when one could park there.

Colombo chooses to sit by the Wellington Arch to concentrate his thoughts on the murder and his car approaches where he is to sit.

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A much changed background.

He makes progress, Hyde Park Corner with Apsley House in the background.

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I have no doubt a police car could still drive there now.

He settles down on a bench. The London Hilton towers in the background.

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The London Hilton at least remains to focus on.

Det. Chief Supt. William Durk (Bernard Fox) arrives at the Wax Museum for the unveiling of the statue to Nicholas Fame. (Royal College of Music) Prince Consort Road.

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No one stood watching me film.

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The car draws to a halt. Prince Consort Road with the Royal Albert Hall in the background.

After the unveiling Colombo leaves to ponder the events and circumstances.

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Scaffolding for the benefit of Reelstreets!

His umbrella is pivotal to resolving the murder and he rushes back.

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Lilian and Nicholas are arrested and taken away by the police.

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No crowds to hinder my shot.

Colombo wanders off....... Prince Consort Road.

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Now a more formalised crossing.

....and approaches the other side of the road......

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Now, with increased parking restrictions.

towards the steps to the Royal Albert Hall.

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A clearer view of the Royal Albert Hall.