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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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 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 »

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When Columbo rear ends the other vehicle, separation is created between the cars by the crash. In the next shot, the vehicles are in contact with each other. See more »

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Commandant Sanchez: A bull like Marinaro, how much he worth?
Luis Montoya: $8,000 - more with inflation.
Lt. Columbo: Seems like a valuable piece of property to destroy without permission.
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solid episode
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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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