Columbo (1971–2003)
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A Matter of Honor 

When a famous bullfighter's trusted bookkeeper turns up dead in a bullring, Lt. Columbo suspects murder--with a bull as the murder weapon.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Ricardo Montalban ... Luis Montoya
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Commandante Sanchez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
A Martinez ... Curro Rangel
Jorge Rivero ... Carlos
Emilio Fernández ... Miguel (as Emilio Fernandez)
Enrique Lucero ... Jaime Delgado
Evita Muñoz 'Chachita' ... Chambermaid (as Evita Munoz Chachita)
Robert Carricart ... Hector Rangel
Maria Grimm Maria Grimm ... Nina Montoya


A famous retired matador learns that his long-time friend and book-keeper plans to retire after he & the matador bear witness to a horiffic attack on the book-keeper's son by a bull at a recent tournament, and that the matador had shown fear which would destroy his reputation for bravery. Fearing the book-keeper could expose this revelation to his thousands of fans, the matador gets rid of him by luring him into the practice ring at his ranch, shooting him with a poisoned tranquiliser dart and then setting his pet bull on him. Columbo who's coincidentally on a family holiday in Mexico, is asked for his assistance in the investigation by the country's Chief of Police.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutroter Staub See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In "A Matter of Honor", Columbo talks about Columbo: Troubled Waters (1975) with the local police chief in Mexico, referring to it modestly as the time he got seasick. Columbo learns that the case has made him a hero in Mexico, where all of the newspapers reported how he solved the murder at sea. Columbo's fame from "Troubled Waters" is probably what saves him from getting his car permanently confiscated after his traffic accident in "A Matter of Honor". See more »


When the police officer opens Columbo's badge wallet one can see the ID card contains an image of an actual LAPD badge with the word "Sergeant" and a number printed. However the word Lieutenant appears at the bottom of the card. The metal badge in the wallet is neither a LAPD badge or in the LAPD badge style and the numbers on it do not match the badge image on the ID card. See more »


Commandant Sanchez: Montoya must have a motive.
Lt. Columbo: Yes, every man has a motive.
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Where ever he goes, murder follows should be his motto!
20 May 2006 | by SylSee all my reviews

Columbo is on vacation in Mexico and he is a stranger to this country. Guest stars Ricardo Montalban stars as a celebrity matador who kills the man who knows his deepest secret. A. Martinez from L.A. Law, Santa Barbara, and General Hospital has a memorable role as the son of the victim. Anyway, it's typical Columbo with a usual formula. He gets entangled with his own problems. They mention a previous crime solved in another episode entitled "Troubled Waters." Well anyway, this Columbo episode doesn't rank up there as one of my personal favorites but it is worth watching great actors like Falk and Montalban have exchanges and A. Martinez perform in a supporting role. Even today, Mexicans are rarely seen on mainstream television shows and it gave a very different exposure rather than everybody in the country crossing the border. Nobody seemed in this episode to be racing to get over the Border. Keep that in mind and nobody was smuggled in Columbo's car.

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