Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Murder with a Golden Touch 

A private detective, and former HPD officer, turns up dead. Following his trail, Five-O discovers the private detective was investigating whether a businessman's son-in-law was being ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Greg Lawrence
Joe Quillian
Kayata (as John Mamo)
Haunani Minn ...
Howard Gottschalk ...
Bank President
Joe Moore ...
Newsman (as Joseph B. Moore)
Peter Carew ...
Harry Endo ...
Charles Fleming (as James J. Sloyan)


A private detective, and former HPD officer, turns up dead. Following his trail, Five-O discovers the private detective was investigating whether a businessman's son-in-law was being faithful in his marriage. It turns out the son-in-law is up to his neck in a scheme to steal gold from the businessman, melt it and recast it and make it appear to be a treasure find. Things will turn more deadly before Five-O can crack the case. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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29 January 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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As previously noted in another goof, McGarrett was not only wrong in his conversion of the gold from troy pounds to kilos (he apparently used the conversion ratio for miles to kilometers), he overvalued the price of the gold. He said the gold was worth 1.2 million dollars for the 158 lbs. which would be about $540.00 per oz. At the time the show aired gold sold for about $110.00 per oz. See more »


Greg Lawrence: Either there's been a mistake or I am the victim of a terrible fraud.
Det. Steve McGarrett: Welcome to the club. Mr. Lawrence. Bring him in. Aloha, gentlemen. Let me assure you that neither one of you cheated the other. We just made you think that happened by sending you both the same message: account overdrawn. Book them, Danno. Murder one, three counts.
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An unusual episode---and I like that
20 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Hawaii Five-O" begins with a guy sneaking around in a store room. The guys upstairs hear it and go down to investigate. They end up shooting and killing the intruder. But who was the intruder, what was he looking for and why would they shoot him? Soon after the body is discovered, Five-O learns that the dead man is a private detective. Oddly, his corpse has gold dust on him--and McGarrett is naturally curious what the dead man had been investigating and how he would come in contact with all that gold.

In the next scene, one of two men who shot the private detective is working with a couple scoundrels who make a few bucks here and there exploring relatively unimportant shipwrecks. They are transferring a million dollars to their boat--and seeding the ocean floor with a bit of the gold. It seems that the gold was stolen, recast in very old style gold bars and they are pretending it was just discovered on the ocean floor--which isn't so improbable since gold does not oxidize like other metals. And so, there is no way to really prove where the gold came from....and you wonder if maybe the crooks will get away with this one. See this show to see how it all is sorted out by Five-O.

An interesting show--and there's a lot more to the plot than I have already told you. A novel idea, the only thing that puzzled me was how State laws would really affect such a find--wouldn't the state of Hawaii try to take their 'cut'--as governments are likely to do...?

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