Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Case of Immunity 

The first secretary to the Suarian king may have immunity from the consequences of committing murder, but Lt. Columbo is wilier than any foreign diplomat.


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Lou Shaw (teleplay by), James Menzies (story by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Hector Elizondo ... Hassan Salah
Sal Mineo ... Rachman Habib
Kenneth Tobey ... Police Commissioner
Brioni Farrell ... Xenia (as Xenia Gratsos)
Barry Robins Barry Robins ... King Hamid Kamal of Suari
Dick Dinman ... Kermit Morgan
George Skaff George Skaff ... Haj Kura
Nate Esformes ... Hakim
André Lawrence ... Youseff Alafa (as Andre Lawrence)
Bill Zuckert ... Capt. August
Bart Braverman ... 2nd Picketer
Harvey Gold ... Coroner
Jay Varela ... Capt. Ortega


Columbo has to solve a crime at the embassy of a middle-east nation. The culture there is different, and the main suspects have diplomatic immunity. Also, to complicate matters, there is a student demonstration outside the gates, and the king is visiting the embassy. However, Columbo decides to investigate the matter in his own persistent way. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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Release Date:

12 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Immunité diplomatique See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeff Goldblum is an extra in the crowd demonstrating in the scene outside of the legation. See more »


At least one of the protest signs misspells "Suarians" for "Saurians" See more »


Hassan Salah: Your presence here is a diplomatic affront. If you do not leave the legation in five minutes, I shall see that you are removed from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Lt. Columbo: I've solved the murder, sir.
Hassan Salah: What?
Lt. Columbo: I think we should talk about it right away.
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Head gear of Arabs covering not so good in this
26 August 2017 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

Interesting episode. A man from Suarian is killed by a bomb. Lots of money is stolen from the safe. Another Suarian is blamed but it looks like he was framed and then shows up dead.

There are lots of men with head gear. Some are lopsided, some of the men have sideburns that are not covered and some have long curly hair that sticks out near their ears, really silly looking.

As usual Columbo examines everything and finds things that no one would find or put together.

Columbo annoys the killer. He bring up stuff he finds and the killer thinks he is free until he hears what Colombo finds.

The Suarian files a complaint against Columbo. Columbo agrees to say he is sorry. The new king is progressive and not liked by the leaders in charge.

So the show goes on and Columbo tells the killer he knows he killed and how he did it pretending to be somewhere else when the first man is murdered.

Immunity for foreign diplomat killers? Columbo and the king play lets make a deal.

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