Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Matter of Honor 

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 »


Why would Colombo still be wearing a suit, tie and overcoat when he is supposed to be on vacation? 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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