Hawaii Five-O: Season 3, Episode 5

The Guarnerius Caper (14 Oct. 1970)

TV Episode  |  Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 46 users  
Reviews: 2 user

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 »


(as Tony Leader)


(created by),
0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video


10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Guarnerius Caper (14 Oct 1970)

The Guarnerius Caper (14 Oct 1970) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hawaii Five-O.
« Previous Episode | 56 of 281 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


Episode complete credited cast:
Zulu ...
Kam Fong ...
Albert Paulsen ...
Josef Sarpa
Anthony James ...
Kenneth O'Brien ...
Ed Flanders ...
Dmitri Rostov
Richard Denning ...
Gary Ah Vah ...
Tojo (as Ah Vah)
Wright Esser ...
Larry Ronson ...
Susan Stewart ...
Jim Demarest ...
Lippy Espinda ...
Taxi Driver (as David 'Lippy' Espinda)


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 October 1970 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Det. Steve McGarrett: [to Sarpa] If you arrange to meet them alone, you could end up in a basket.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not among the better episodes.
14 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Meh. While I love "Hawaii Five-O", I must admit that "The Guarnerius Caper" is not among their best episodes. It's not bad...just not all that great.

A visiting Russian violinist (Ed Flanders--who was also seen in the previous season) has brought his extraordinarily rare and irreplaceable violin with him. When the Guarnerius is accidentally stolen by a couple lunk-headed car thieves, his Russian "handler" (i.e., the secret policeman who accompanies him to prevent him from defecting) sees this as a chance for some anti-American propaganda. This isn't surprising, as the handler is played by Albert Paulsen--a guy who ALWAYS plays bad guys or at least real jerks in such shows as "Mission: Impossible" and "Hawaii Five-O". This is a bit of a shortcoming, as when you see the likes of him or John Calicos or Anthony Zerbe you KNOW they won't play nice characters!! Another shortcoming of the show is that the bad guys are incredibly obnoxious, stupid and just plain jerks. It's hard to imagine that the police didn't put these guys in prison a long time before or that they could actually figure out how to steal and strip cars...they were THAT stupid and annoying. I think the show would have played MUCH better had they been a bit brighter and less obvious.

And finally, the end had a bit problem because in a move that smacked of ridiculousness, McGarrett ON HIS OWN, tracked down the baddies and defeated all three of them AND saved the priceless violin!! Overall, an interesting idea for an episode but not among their strongest. There are just too many "duh" moments to make this anything special.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
McGarrett drinking? jaytiterle
abrupt ending hamstercuddles
Wo Fat nlfan-1
The Complete Series [sic] Release coming on DVD mister-mike
Am I the only one.... adventuregirl2264
Danny's suits slackersmom
Discuss The Guarnerius Caper (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: