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The Guarnerius Caper 

A Russian musician is planning a concert using a priceless violin. After it is locked in the trunk of their car, three derelicts steal the car and strip it. Forcing the trunk open, they see... See full summary »

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Albert Paulsen ...
Josef Sarpa
Anthony James ...
Hutch
Kenneth O'Brien ...
Deke DeKoven
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Dmitri Rostov
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Gary Ah Vah ...
Tojo (as Ah Vah)
Wright Esser ...
Gino Mazzini
Larry Ronson ...
Jared Gifford
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Luanna
Jim Demarest ...
Babbitt
Lippy Espinda ...
Taxi Driver (as David 'Lippy' Espinda)
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A Russian musician is planning a concert using a priceless violin. After it is locked in the trunk of their car, three derelicts steal the car and strip it. Forcing the trunk open, they see the violin and decide to sell it to a violin teacher. Against McGarrett's wishes, the Russian diplomats offer a $10,000 reward for the return of the violin. The punks steal the violin back and kill the teacher. They decide to ask $30,000 for the return of the violin, which the Russian quickly agree to. When the money is delivered, the men decide to kill the Russian violinist, just as McGarret and his men show up. Written by Doug Leighton

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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14 October 1970 (USA)  »

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The violin at the center of this story was produced by Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri, a contemporary of the more famous Antonio Stradivari, and the son and grandson of equally highly regarded violin makers. Giuseppe, a devout Catholic, always identified his violins with the initials I.H.S. (as shown during the episode). While these violins are not as famous as the more well known Stradivarius, many musicians today actually prefer the Guarnerius, believing it gives a better, richer sound. See more »

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Kono: Steve, where you going?
Det. Steve McGarrett: I'll let you know after I've been there... No sense all of us getting scalped.
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Nice Scenery
9 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that takes you on a great scenic tour of the island, highlighting the ocean and the beautiful features of Hawaii (Oahu). A Russian violinist loses his priceless instrument to a couple of two-bit thugs who weren't intending to steal it in the first place. Once they realize it's value, their caper takes on a whole new dimension. They end up committing murder and raising the stakes immensely. Along with the main plot line is some international intrigue as the Russian involvement causes the Governor to make things a bit sticky for McGarret The thugs are pretty goofy and some of their screen time comes off as pretty corny but the chase and the cool demeanor of McGarret (and his actions at the end) make this episode a winner in my book.


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