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The Conspirators 

An IRA terrorist executes an arms dealer he considers traitorous; Lt. Columbo is on the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Devlin
Kate O'Connell
George O'Connell
Kerry Malone
Albert Paulsen ...
Vincent Pauley
Gun Dealer
Deborah White ...
Captain (as Seán McClory)
Michael Prince ...
Michael Moore
Donn Whyte ...
Tow Truck Driver
Carole Hemingway ...
Herself (as Carole Hemmingway)
Tony Giorgio ...
John McCann ...


Devlin is an Irishman. In his youth he was a terrorist but now he is a famous writer and, officially, a supporter of an American society proposing to help the victims of terrorism. Actually he is buying from Pauley weapons for the terrorists. Devlin kills him because he thinks he has been betrayed. Lt. Columbo is responsible for the inquiry and becomes friendly with Devlin, but it is very dangerous to be familiar with Lt. Columbo when you are a murderer. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia / corrected by statmanjeff

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13 May 1978 (USA)  »

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This episode originally aired Feb 1978, and Make Me a Perfect Murder originally aired May 1978. See more »


Devlin declares that he is "a boy from the backstreets of Belfast," but his accent is a Southern Irish one, quite unlike that of Belfast in Northern Ireland; and, when playing darts, he refers to a pub in "Londonderry." A genuine Irish Republican would never refer to the city by that name, and would call it plain "Derry." See more »


Joe Devlin: The limerick is furtive and mean. You must keep her in close quarantine, Or she sneaks to the slums, And promptly becomes, Disorderly, drunk and obscene.
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References San Francisco (1936) See more »


Courtin' in the Kitchen
Traditional Irish Renaissance song (1450-1599)
Instrumental version heard at pub
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The most charming of villains
9 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Columbo film has as guest murderer Clive Revill, Irish author, poet, and raconteur who as a sideline is raising money for arm shipments to the IRA. One of the most charming villains ever to grace a Columbo story.

Working hand in glove with Irish shipping magnates mother and son Jeanette Nolan and Bernard Behrens, Revill is to deliver money for guns to Albert Paulsen. Yet he's suspicious about Paulsen with good reason. A little investigation on his own shows Revill that Paulsen is going to take the money and run. So on his own he executes him.

Which brings Peter Falk as the dogged Lt. Columbo into the picture. Normally the entrance of the police might have caused cancellation of plans. But the IRA needs those weapons and as usual the villain always has to prove himself smarter than the cops, especially the unprepossessing Columbo.

Revill's role might have been meant for Peter Falk's good friend Patrick McGoohan, but Revill certainly steps nicely into the part. This was not a planned murder as the end unto itself and the man was double crossing him so you have some sympathy for Revill. Nevertheless he committed murder and the end was more murders over in Ireland.

One of my favorite Columbo stories.

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