Columbo: Season 7, Episode 5

The Conspirators (13 May 1978)

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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:
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Joe Devlin
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Kate O'Connell
Bernard Behrens ...
George O'Connell
Michael Horton ...
Kerry Malone
Albert Paulsen ...
Vincent Pauley
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Gun Dealer
Deborah White ...
Angela
Sean McClory ...
Captain (as Seán McClory)
Michael Prince ...
Michael Moore
Donn Whyte ...
Leach
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Tow Truck Driver
Carole Hemingway ...
Herself (as Carole Hemmingway)
Tony Giorgio ...
Harry
John McCann ...
Brandon
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Devlin is an Irishman and in his youth he was a terrorist but now he is a famous writer and officially he is 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 think he has been betrayd. Lt. Columbo is responsible for the inquiry and becames friendly with Devlin. But it is very dangerous to be familiar with Lt. Columbo when you are a murderer. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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As a possible nod to this being the last episode of the original series, Columbo's final words are "This far and no farther". See more »

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Columbo has to borrow a dime from Devlin to call the Tow Truck. However, while riding in the tow truck, he asks the driver to pull over so he can make a call at which point he pulls out a dime. See more »

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Joe Devlin: Do you know these lines, Lieutenant? They're from Lewis Carroll: "You may charge me with murder, or want of sense - we are all of us weak at times, but the slightest approach to a false pretense was never among my crimes."
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"Columbo" ends its initial run with this entertaining, slightly offbeat entry
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Joe Devlin (Clive Revill) is an Irish poet, singer, raconteur—and secret terrorist. He raises money in Los Angeles for his radical cause through a charity ostensibly meant to help terrorism's victims. Despite his hypocrisy, he has a strong belief in honor. When an arms dealer (Albert Paulsen) selling guns to Devlin tries to skim off $50,000 for himself, the poet-terrorist shoots him for being a traitor. Devlin leaves the man's hotel room after the "execution," but he makes a dumb mistake. The dealer has Devlin's new book in his jacket pocket, with Devlin's own inscription. That tiny clue is enough for our rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo to make a connection between the two men—and learn things about Devlin that the poet would prefer to keep hidden.

Clive Revill, a renowned stage actor and the voice of countless cartoon characters, turns in a delightful performance. The cat-and-mouse play between him and Columbo—usually the highlight of any episode—is good; but my favorite scenes were of Revill singing and doing comedy bits for an audience at a charity drive.

The Irish terrorism theme is not calculated to bring out the best in a "Columbo" show, but it works reasonably well and makes for an entertaining, slightly offbeat entry.


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