Nicholas Frame and Lillian Stanhope

Richard Baseheart and Honor Blackman

EPISODE 13


Columbo Villains -  Nicholas Frame and Lillian Stanhope

Last Words to Columbo: "Tomorrow....and tomorrow!!"



In "Dagger of the Mind" the only Columbo episode to be set in Europe, Lillian Stanhope and Nicholas Frame (played by Honor Blackman and Richard Baseheart) , a famous acting duo in London, are set to star in the play 'Macbeth.' Their producer, Sir Roger Haversham, was Lillian's former lover but discovers that he has been deceived by the couple and plans to cancel their highly anticipated and profitable engagement. During a heated argument in the dressing room between the trio, Stanhope accidentally kills Haversham. To avoid being accused of murder, the couple decides to conceal the body and later stage Haversham's "accidental" death in his mansion. They are then blackmailed by their Butler so teh killing continues. However, when Lt. Columbo travels to London to learn about Scotland Yard's new investigation techniques, he senses something suspicious about Haversham's supposed "accident." Despite the couple's best efforts to cover their tracks, Columbo's keen instincts lead him down the path to unravel the truth and bring justice to Haversham's death.
Honor Blackman was an English actress, born on August 22, 1925, and passed away on April 5, 2020. She was best known for her roles as Cathy Gale in the British television series "The Avengers" and as Pussy Galore in the James Bond film "Goldfinger". She also had a successful stage career and received several awards for her performances. Blackman was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002 for her services to drama. Richard Basehart was an American actor, born on August 31, 1914, and passed away on September 17, 1984. He appeared in over 70 films and television shows during his career, including the science fiction classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and the television series "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea". He also received critical acclaim for his work on stage, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for "The Disenchanted" in 1959. Basehart was married twice and had four children.