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"Hawaii Five-O" Invitation to Murder (1978)

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Leonard Freeman (created by)
Seeleg Lester (written by)
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Original Air Date:
23 March 1978 (Season 10, Episode 20)
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Despite a few pot holes, this one was a HUGE change of pace for the series. See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett

James MacArthur ... Danny Williams

Kam Fong ... Chin Ho

Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
Helen Funai ... Riah Barlow

Sydney Lassick ... Benilea
Christina Kokubo ... Eugenie Barlow

Anthony Caruso ... David Thorpe

Lyle Bettger ... Malcolm Rhodes

Eduard Franz ... Thomas Barlow
Henry Woltag ... Anatole Surat
Valerie Charles ... Carolyn Thorpe
Lydia Jade ... Iolani
Francis Kamahele ... Lawrence Barlow

Episode Crew
Directed by
Harry Harris 
Writing credits
Leonard Freeman (created by)

Seeleg Lester (written by)

Produced by
Fred Baum .... supervising producer
Andrew Gottlieb .... associate producer
Buck Houghton .... producer: Hawaii
Original Music by
Walter Scharf 
Cinematography by
Jack Whitman (director of photography)
Casting by
Susan McCray  (as Susan Sukman)
Art Direction by
Gibson Holley 
Set Decoration by
Buck Henshaw 
Makeup Department
Keester Sweeney .... makeup artist
Fred Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Chuck Murray .... unit production manager
Sound Department
Coye Vanover .... production sound mixer
Casting Department
Richard Kindelon .... location casting (as Dick Kindelon)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Egan .... costumes
Music Department
Don B. Ray .... music supervisor
Morton Stevens .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Reza Badiyi .... title visualization (as Reza S. Badiyi)
Richard Dixon .... assistant: production manager
Curtis Kenyon .... executive story consultant

Series Crew
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Directed by
Bradford May 
Beau Vanden Ecker (later episodes)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leonard Freeman  creator

Produced by
Douglas Denoff .... associate producer (1977-1979)
Herman Groves .... producer: Hollywood
Sam Manners .... associate producer (episodes "Once Upon a Time" parts I and II, first season)
Cinematography by
Bradford May 
Casting by
Cathy Henderson (1975)
Jim Merrick 
Joe Scully 
Ted Thorpe 
Production Management
Hal Schaffel .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick A. Duffy .... assistant director
Art Department
Robert M. Anderson .... property master
Sound Department
Jim Bullock .... dialogue editor
Beau Vanden Ecker .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunt driver
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Delmar .... wardrobe
Music Department
John W. Morgan .... orchestrator
Other crew
Michael Janover .... story consultant
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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated


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Despite a few pot holes, this one was a HUGE change of pace for the series., 18 March 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Invitation to Murder" seemed much more like an Agatha Christie novel than an episode of "Hawaii Five-O". While the plot is pretty familiar, it isn't for the show and represents a big departure from the usual. In some ways, this is very nice--in others, the show is a bit lacking.

Steve McGarrett is approached by a lawyer (Lyle Bettger--who often played Jonathan Kaye on the show) with an odd request--follow him along to the reading of a will because what's in it MIGHT lead to the beneficiaries killing each other!! That's because the deceased artist stipulates that they must wait one year to collect--and the SURVIVING family members will split the money at that time. Well, wouldn't you know it--folks start dropping like flies! And so it's up to Steve and the gang to get to the bottom of it.

The biggest shortcoming of the episode is that the finale is less than stellar. After a ton of murders, Steve comes up with a theory as to who the murderer was--and yet while an interesting theory, there is absolutely no concrete proof and the show just ends!! But, it is creative and cool to see the various murders--enough so that it's entertaining. But far from a great episode.

DUMB MOMENT TO LOOK FOR: When Danny suspects that a wine about to be drunk is poisoned, he takes a small taste to find out for sure!!! Thank goodness it wasn't something like potassium cyanide--this would have killed this idiot!!

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