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:
Joe Devlin
Kate O'Connell
Bernard Behrens ...
George O'Connell
Michael Horton ...
Kerry Malone
Albert Paulsen ...
Vincent Pauley
Gun Dealer
Deborah White ...
Sean McClory ...
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 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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Last episode from the original series produced by NBC, it's not until 1989 that Columbo will be picked up again and continue on its eighth season onwards produced by ABC See more »


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Outstanding repartee between Columbo and his criminal.
27 May 2000 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

A gun dealer shows up dead in an L.A. hotel room, and the evidence -- including a spilled bottle of Irish whiskey -- leads Columbo to the popular poet Joe Devlin. Once a member of the Irish Republican Army but now supposedly reformed and working to raise money for victims of the conflict, Devlin in reality conspires with an influential Irish shipping family to run a cache of automatic weapons to the Emerald Isle.

This episode is outstanding for the brisk repartee between the witty Irish versifier and the admiring Italian-American Lieutenant (two sides of the same ethnic coin, so to speak). The conclusion is as fast-paced and exciting as Columbo gets, including a crosstown chase-scene (that's right, a chase-scene!), and the Irish instrumentals throughout the program are surely the best score of the entire "Columbo" series.

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