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 Columbo rear ends the other vehicle, separation is created between the cars by the crash. In the next shot, the vehicles are in contact with each other. See more »


Miguel: You know, my name is Miguel Hernandez, very well known to everybody, even to the bulls.
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Columbo in Mexico with a solid episode
23 March 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As a huge fan of Columbo, I very much liked A Matter of Honor, even if I don't consider it either one of the best or the worst of the series. It is beautifully shot with some of the loveliest scenery of any Columbo music, and while the music score is not one of the best or the most atmospheric I loved the flavour it had. The script is clever, with a number of funny and tense moments, and while I did find the idea of Columbo being recognised in Mexico rather hard to swallow and some of the values did seem as though they originated from an era much earlier than the 70s, the story is diverting with a clever murder and solution as well as some good values. The pace isn't the most brisk of all episodes, it is occasionally a tad leaden in the middle, but not problematic enough to call Matter of Honor completely dull. I also liked the mention of the case that formed the episode Troubled Waters. The acting is fine, with only A Martinez disappointing, coming across as too lightweight for his role. Peter Falk is brilliant though as he always was, embodying Columbo with a sense of cunning and endearing humour. Riccardo Montalban is equally great, very arrogant and irritable in character but very good-looking. Pedro Armendariz Jnr. delights also as Sanchez, I loved the scenes between him and Columbo, beautifully played and intelligently written, but at the same time I did wish there was more between Columbo and Montalban's Montoya. Overall, a solid episode. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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