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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Episode complete credited cast:
Commandante Sanchez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Curro Rangel
Jorge Rivero ...
Miguel (as Emilio Fernandez)
Enrique Lucero ...
Jaime Delgado
Chambermaid (as Evita Munoz Chachita)
Robert Carricart ...
Hector Rangel
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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bull | bullfighter | murder | police | hospital | See more »


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1 February 1976 (USA)  »

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In the beginning of the episode, Ricardo Montalban who plays Louis Montoya is watching what is supposed to be an old clip of himself as a young matador. The clip he is watching is actually from the movie Santa (1943) in which Montalban plays a bullfighter. See more »


When Columbo discusses his findings with Commandante Sanchez on the market square whilst an orchestra is playing, a policeman in the background disappears and reappears in the same pose. See more »


Jaime: [regarding a piece of splintered wood] That is not from a pick, señor. That is from a lance.
Lt. Columbo: Well, what's the difference?
Jaime: The picks are used in the ring. They have metal tips to wound the bull, lower his head.
Lt. Columbo: And the lance?
Jaime: They are used in the fields by the vaqueros for herding. They are made of pine, not so strong.
Lt. Columbo: Well, now I'm puzzled.
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A bit implausible, but still good entertainment
20 December 1999 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Quite a good Columbo mystery, and a fine performance by Ricardo Montalban to enjoy. The only drawback was that the mores of the main characters seemed a little anachronistic; protecting one's family honour as a motive for murder seems like a story out of the Zorro era, not 1970s Mexico. The only other implausibility was that a vacationing Lt. Columbo would be recognized and invited to take part in a murder investigation in another country. The film stopped short of patronizing the Mexican police authorities, and Pedro Armanderoz, Jr. played Det. Sanchez as a very competent and able counterpart to Columbo, but the set-up was a little unlikely.

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