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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Did You Know?


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 second episode in which "Frank" can clearly be seen on the I.D., the first being season 1, episode 3: "Dead Weight." See more »


When Columbo is speaking to the police chief in the piazza he talks about the bull being used as the weapon. He finishes speaking, but spliced in you can hear Columbo ask "who would do such a thing..." with no lips moving. It is directly followed by "Montoya perhaps?" See more »


Lt. Columbo: [to Sanchez] Yes, I can see that, but it's important to be thorough - especially when a man dies alone.
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References Columbo: Troubled Waters (1975) See more »

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Columbo's skills travel to Mexico.
6 August 2008 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I don't really know what it is with Ted Post and Columbo movies but the two movies that he directed are also both (this one included) among the least likely ones. Their stories are not really believable. In his first Columbo movie "Columbo: A Case of Immunity" there is an unbelievable story of Columbo trying to solve the murder committed by a person with diplomatic immunity on a premises were the LAPD simply has no jurisdiction and in this movie the in Mexico stranded Columbo is called in by the Mexican police to help and solve a murder committed on the bookkeeper of a famous former matador.

Oh well it doesn't mean that his two Columbo movies aren't good and fun to watch but it obviously also doesn't rank them among the best Columbo movie entries. It's a movie that still features the usual successful Columbo formula, making this still a perfectly watchable Columbo movie obviously.

It's not the first time Columbo travels to a strange foreign country and gets mixed in with a murder. It places the Columbo character once more out of his usual familiar environment, which of course provides the movie with some good comical moments, in which Columbo has difficulties adapting himself to the Mexican ways. He's also walking around in sunny, hot Mexico with his complete suit and trademark raincoat on.

Unlike most other Columbo movies, this one doesn't feature many well known actors in the key parts. Sure Ricardo Montalban has done lots of work for TV that he is known for but he's not really the star that usually plays the killer in a Columbo movie. It doesn't mean that he's horrible or anything like that in this but yet the movie still feels as if it could had really benefited from a better and well known actor opposite Peter Falk.

A slightly below average, though enjoyable, Columbo movie.



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