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 »




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)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the last TV appearances from Sal Mineo, not long before his tragic passing. See more »


When Hassan Salah leaves the embassy to go meet Habib at the cliff, he bends down and uses the key to unlock his car door. He opens the door and the window glass is clearly lowered. He could have just reached through the open window and unlocked the door. More likely, the door wasn't locked to begin with. 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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He's no diplomat!
23 July 2019 | by stones78See all my reviews

Let me begin this review by mentioning some tragic news revolving around two of the actors, both Sal Mineo and Barry Robins, even though someone else probably mentioned this already. Just in case you haven't read those other reviews, I'll keep you up to date to give these two men proper respect, and both died tragically. Mineo was killed about 4 months after this episode in a botched robbery attempt, while Robins died from complications from AIDS in 1986. Mineo portrayed Rachman Habib, while Robins portrayed King Hamid. Back to the story, the real star to me is Hector Elizondo, while not quite on par with Jack Cassidy or Robert Culp as a guest killer, he certainly held his own with a fine performance. It seems a bit odd that a person with such power and authority would commit 2 murders himself, and not hire someone else to do his bidding, but then I guess we wouldn't have a fine episode. The scenery is much different than a typical wealthy killer's boring mansion, as here we're treated to an embassy with beautiful gardens with exotic flowers. There aren't as many funny moments here as in other episodes, but I thought the conclusion was a bit of a nice surprise, although this would probably only happen in a true Hollywood ending. All in all, still an enjoyable and worthy episode.

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