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 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 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 »


Lt. Columbo: I'll tell you the truth. I got a crazy notion I know why Rangel was killed.
Commandant Sanchez: What?
Lt. Columbo: Trouble is I don't think anybody's gonna believe me.
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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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