Columbo (1971–2003)
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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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode and in many others, Columbo can be heard whistling "This Old Man." It appears it is a leitmotif for the series. See more »


When at the hotel room, Columbo's cigar disappears from his hand while he takes out the sliding drawers from the suitcase that contain the guns. After he places the drawer back into the suitcase his cigar magically reappears in his left hand. See more »


Lt. Columbo: A rare old bird is the pelican. His bill holds more than his belly can. He can take in his beak enough food for a week. I'm damned if I know how the hell he can!
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References San Francisco (1936) See more »


Whiskey in the Jar
Traditional Irish folk song
Instrumental version heard in pub
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A serious case of the blarney
29 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is a fact that, for several decades - the 70s included - the Irish were depicted as stereotypical hard drinking, blarney-kissing, unreliable and romantic fools, often played by non-Irish actors with fair to middling success at cracking either the Northern, but mostly Southern Irish accents. That's a shame as it does a disservice to an isle which has produced so many noteworthy people such as W.S. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and far more besides.

In this episode of Columbo, practically every assumed Irish trait is employed, and the result is, at worst cringeworthy, at best fair. In fact, I found myself wondering when a leprechaun would appear. Clive Revill, a New Zealander and otherwise respected Shakespearean actor, hams it up and falls somewhere in between an English, Scottish and what can only be described as a faux Southern Ireland accent. This is a real missed opportunity, as the script and plot is of a good standard. Revill's facial expressions are excellent - the only problem is when he opens his mouth you cringe and literally wonder where in-between London and Dublin his accent will happen to be. I say 'missed opportunity' because the singing puts me very much in mind of the late Luke Kelly of the Dubliners, and I found myself imagining what the eloquent and sharp-witted Mr. Kelly could have done with this role. Likewise a certain Richard Harris would have been truly excellent. So all in all, this can only be described as a serious case of the Blarney. It's fascinating, but for all the wrong reasons as it's ultimately a study in how to blow a great plot by casting the wrong actor. Such an oversight is forgivable for vehicles such as 'Mary Poppins', but sadly not for the likes of Columbo.

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