Columbo: Season 5, Episode 4

A Matter of Honor (1 Feb. 1976)

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When a famous bullfighter's trusted bookkeeper turns up dead in a bullring, Lt. Columbo suspects murder--with a bull as the murder weapon.

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Commandante Sanchez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
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Curro Rangel
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Carlos
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Miguel (as Emilio Fernandez)
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Jaime Delgado
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Chambermaid (as Evita Munoz Chachita)
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Hector Rangel
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Nina Montoya
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Famed matador Luis Montoya is a national hero in Mexico. His ego cannot countenance any blemish on his reputation; so, when one of his best friends witnesses an event that could shatter that reputation and tries to leave Montoya's sphere of influence, the bullfighter acts quickly and decisively with a clever murder. Unfortunately for him, Lieutenant Columbo finds himself stuck in Mexico, and local police ask him to assist in the investigation. Columbo quickly finds that he must take the bull by the horns if he wants to take down a legend like Montoya. Written by Leaper

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In "A Matter of Honor", Columbo must give a Mexican police officer his I.D. following a car accident. Columbo's signature can briefly be seen in close-up, clearly showing his full name to be "Lt. Frank Columbo." This is the only time in the show's 35 year history that Columbo's first name was revealed. See more »

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When Hector is tranquilized, he is only 5-ft. away from the back wall, but in the next camera shot when Luis crosses the bullring to release the bull, Hector is 20-ft. or more away from the back wall toward the center of the enclosure. See more »

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Miguel: But the patrón was kind enough to give me a bottle of mescal, and I had a very pleasant afternoon, but today I have a headache, señor.
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solid episode
1 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For this segment, Columbo is vacationing in Mexico and while he's stuck there because of car insurance purposes, a sensational murder is committted at a bull fighter's ranch. The owner of the ranch is played by Ricardo Montalban, who gives the best performance in this episode. He's both arrogant and slick, and even hatches up a clever scheme to murder his assistant on the ranch. The motive seems rather silly in the grand scheme of things, but it becomes that much more original when a bull is used as the murder weapon. There are some nice scenes on location from Mexico, especially the inside of the matador's home. As I said above, Montalbon shines as the killer, er, I mean the accomplice. I also enjoyed how Columbo and his Mexican counterpart work in unison to figure out the evil plot.


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