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"Columbo" Dagger of the Mind (TV Episode 1972) Poster

(TV Series)

(1972)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The pearl dropped in the museum lands on carpet, but sounds as if it was bouncing on a hard floor.
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Boom mic visible 

During a montage sequence of Colombo and Chief Sup. Durk on a boat traveling under Tower Bridge, the camera pans off of Peter Falk to reveal a prominent white microphone.
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Character error 

Lilian Stanhope addresses Columbo inconsistently, pronouncing his rank as 'Loo- tenant', the American way, and 'Left-tenant' the British way. An English actress of her standing in the 1970s would always use the British pronunciation.
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The sign outside the theatre advertises "In memoriam of Sir Roger Haversham". In Latin, "In memoriam" means "in memory of", so the sign translated into English would say "In memory of of (sic) Sir Roger Haversham".
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Continuity 

The tyres on Superintendent Durk's car in the London scenes are clearly of a different make to those on it in the scenes "in the country" (actually shot in the US).
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As Columbo sits reading the Evening Echo on a bench, an elderly man is feeding the birds next to him. His position changes noticeably over camera shot changes as O'Keefe walks over and attracts the Lieutenant's attention, from upright to leant over.
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In the very first scene, Nicholas stops with his car in front of the theatre. There are road markings in the middle of the street in one shot. In the next shot they are gone. There's also a completely different set of people on the pavement/sidewalk.
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During Frame and Fenwick's tuppence-a-point darts game in The Kings Arms, a man stands at the back watching the match. His stance alters notably between shots after Joe takes his second throw.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Frame and Stanhope are pushing the trunk out of her dressing room, shadows are seen on the floor of either the moving camera or crew.
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Errors in geography 

Sir Roger Haversham's house is supposed to be in England, but everyone drives their car up the right hand side of the drive.
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Factual errors 

At about 80 minutes, Durk is telling Colombo that Sherlock Holmes was perhaps their (Scotland Yard's) most famous detective. This is false for two reasons. First, Holmes was fictional, and Durk would of course know that. Second, in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mysteries, Holmes was never in Scotland Yard. He operated independently.
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The coat of arms behind the coffin has a coronet (apparently of a European Count) rather than a helmet which Sir Roger would use as a knight.
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Chief Superintendent Durk's car has an incorrect number plate format with 5 numbers, the maximum number of digits for a GB registered car has never been more than 4.
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Miscellaneous 

When Frame and Stanhope are strapping a bicycle to the back of their car you can see the same extras walk behind them, first from right to left around the corner, then almost immediately return back around the corner from left to right. No attempt to lose carried bags/coats or umbrellas to blend in a little better.
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In the scene where Columbo talks to the actors about the murder in their dressing room after a performance, quoting from a folded newspaper what the weather was, it has a banner headline that includes the words "King" and "Constitution", implying this would be concerning Edward VII's abdication in 1936. The Masthead includes the word "Express" but it is not of the London Daily Express, indicating that maybe this was a prop only, and perhaps the only "English paper" that could be found for the scene.
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Revealing mistakes 

The basement of the wax museum is Paul Rifkin's nightclub in "Etude in Black".
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

In the wax museum when Mr Jones opens the umbrella, we see a pearl from the broken necklace drop onto the floor, then in the close up shot we see the pearl slowly drop again.
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