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?


Originally a pilot for a different series (presumably re-edited to fit in the Columbo angle). See more »


In the bar scene where Devlin and Columbo play darts, Columbo needs 66 to win. His first two darts don't score but his third hits the "bull." Devlin then declares him the winner despite Columbo only scoring 50. 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 »


Courtin' in the Kitchen
Traditional Irish Renaissance song (1450-1599)
Instrumental version heard at pub
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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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