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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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 »


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Columbo in Mexico with a solid episode
23 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a huge fan of Columbo, I very much liked A Matter of Honor, even if I don't consider it either one of the best or the worst of the series. It is beautifully shot with some of the loveliest scenery of any Columbo music, and while the music score is not one of the best or the most atmospheric I loved the flavour it had. The script is clever, with a number of funny and tense moments, and while I did find the idea of Columbo being recognised in Mexico rather hard to swallow and some of the values did seem as though they originated from an era much earlier than the 70s, the story is diverting with a clever murder and solution as well as some good values. The pace isn't the most brisk of all episodes, it is occasionally a tad leaden in the middle, but not problematic enough to call Matter of Honor completely dull. I also liked the mention of the case that formed the episode Troubled Waters. The acting is fine, with only A Martinez disappointing, coming across as too lightweight for his role. Peter Falk is brilliant though as he always was, embodying Columbo with a sense of cunning and endearing humour. Riccardo Montalban is equally great, very arrogant and irritable in character but very good-looking. Pedro Armendariz Jnr. delights also as Sanchez, I loved the scenes between him and Columbo, beautifully played and intelligently written, but at the same time I did wish there was more between Columbo and Montalban's Montoya. Overall, a solid episode. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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