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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Episode complete credited cast:
Commandante Sanchez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Curro Rangel
Miguel (as Emilio Fernandez)
Enrique Lucero ...
Jaime Delgado
Chambermaid (as Evita Munoz Chachita)
Robert Carricart ...
Hector Rangel
Maria Grimm ...
Nina Montoya


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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1 February 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In "A Matter of Honor", Columbo talks about Columbo: Troubled Waters (1975) with the local police chief in Mexico, referring to it modestly as the time he got seasick. Columbo learns that the case has made him a hero in Mexico, where all of the newspapers reported how he solved the murder at sea. Columbo's fame from "Troubled Waters" is probably what saves him from getting his car permanently confiscated after his traffic accident in "A Matter of Honor". See more »


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 »


Lt. Columbo: What is this "pinchazo in the glodio?"
Commandant Sanchez: [correcting] "Gluteo." That's a puncture in the buttocks.
Lt. Columbo: Well, did the bull get him there, too?
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Solid Columbo story set in Mexico
8 July 2005 | by (Port Talbot, South Wales,UK) – See all my reviews

A well-paced, well-thought-out adventure for Columbo whose penchant for spotting seemingly trivial and unrelated clues at an "accident" scene is highlighted in enjoyable fashion here.

The fact that Columbo is cajoled into helping the Mexican police with their investigations whilst he is on holiday provides an alternative platform for Columbo to exploit his careful, crafty and meticulous style of detective work, which increasingly irritates the renowned (murdering) bull-fighter in this story who is considered to be totally above reproach; this structure works particularly well.

Another asset to this adventure is that the clues are inserted into the script at well-chosen moments, and coupled with the fact that Columbo struggles to discover a motive to underpin the murder, it all leads to a fascinating conclusion.

The main drawback, on reflection, appears to be the rather stiff performance of Ricardo Montalban in the murderer's role; the fractious on-screen chemistry between Columbo and adversary is plentifully evident in many of the best Columbo episodes, but it never really seems to consistently ignite here.

Nevertheless, a good standard outing for the scruffy detective, which is certainly well worth watching, although it would not quite reach the vintage description.

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