Season Five 6 Episodes September 14 1975 to May 2 1976,
Information from: The Columbo Phile by Mark Dawidziak

"Forgotten Lady" (1975)
Season: 5, Episode - 1
Director:Harvey Hart
Written by:William Driskill
Produced by:Everett Chambers
Originally aired:September 14, 1975
Run Time:120 (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo

Ross Elliott		as Dr. Landberg
Maurice Evans 		as Raymond
Sam Jaffe     		as Dr. Henry Willis
Janet Leigh  		as Grace Wheeler Willis
John Payne (I) 		as Ned Diamond
Robert F. Simon		as Dr. Westrum
Army Archerd		as Himself
Linda Scott		as Alma
Francine York		as Sergeant Leftkowitz
Jerome Guardino		as Harris

 
Plot:

The big news in Hollywood is gala opening of Song and Dance, a Thatís Entertainment! Type of compilation of memorable numbers from classic musical films. The grand reception has stirred the comeback hopes of onetime screen queen Grace Wheeler, With former co-star Ned Diamond on her arm, Grace tells Tinseltown reporter Army Archerd that she plans to star in a Broadway revival of One Touch of Venus Ned will direct and choreograph.

 

Columbo - "A Case of Immunity" (1975)

"A Case of Immunity" (1975)
Season: 5, Episode - 2
Director:Ted Post
Written by:Lou Shaw (from a story by James Menzies)
Produced by:Everett Chambers
Originally aired:October 12, 1975
Run Time: (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo

Hector Elizondo		as First Secretary Hassan Salah  
Sal Mineo		as Rahmin Habib
Barry Robins		as The King
Andre Lawrence		as Youseff Alafa
Kenneth Tobey		as Police Commissioner
Xenia Gratsos		as Zena
Dick Dinman		as Kermit Morgan
George Skaff		as Kura
Nate Esformes		as Hakim
Bill Zuckert		as Captain August
Bart Braverman		as Second Picketer
Harvey Gold		as Coroner
Jay Varela		as Captain Ortega 

 
Plot:

Hassan Salah, first secretary of the Surian legation in Los Angeles, wants to see his country hold to traditional ways. The young King of Suria, however, seems quite open to Western influences and ideas. The ruthless Hassan sees a way to get rid of a dangerous opponent, legation chief of security Youseff Alafa, and blame it on the protesting Surian students who support the King.

 

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Columbo - "Identity Crisis" (1975)


"Identity Crisis" (1975)
Season: 5, Episode - 3
Director:Patrick McGoohan
Written by:William Driskill
Produced by:Everett Chambers
Originally aired:November 2, 1975
Run Time: (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo

Val Avery		as Louie
Patrick McGoohan	as Nelson Brenner
Leslie Nielsen		as Geronimo /A.J. Henderson
David White (VI)	as The Director (CIA)
Otis Young		as Lawrence Melville
Bruce Kirby		as Sergeant Kramer
Vito Scotti		as Salvatore Defonte
David White		as Phil Corrigan ( The Director )
Barbara Rhoades		as Joyce
William Mims		as Gallery Attendant
Carmen Argenziano	as Coroner Cliff Anderson
Cliff Carnell		as Don ( Photo Shop Man )
Edward Bach		as Executive
Paul Gleason		as Parsons
Angela May		as Ruth
Betty McGuire		as Della

 
Plot:

Top government operative Nelson Brenner is surprised to learn that an old partner, code named Geronimo, is still alive. Geronimo, who is using the cover identity of businessman A.J. Henderson, suspect that Nelson is a double agent - using vital information to improve his bank account.

 

Columbo - "A Matter of Honor" (1976)


"A Matter of Honor" (1976)
Season: 5, Episode - 4
Director:Ted Post
Written by:Brad Radnitz
Produced by:Everett Chambers
Originally aired:February 1, 1976
Run Time: (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk			as LT. Columbo

Robert Carricant		as Hector Rangel
Maria Grimm			as Nina Montoya
Ricardo Montalban		as Luis Montoya
Pedro Armendariz, Jr.		as Lieutenant Sanchez
A. Martinez			as Curro Rangel
Jorge Rivero
Emilio Fernandez
Enrique Lucero
Evita Munoz Chachita
 

Plot:

Columbo has a small car crash in Mexico and due to a delay in processing insurance paper work becomes involved with the local Police to help investigate an apparent tragic accident inside a Bull ring. Legendary Mexican bullfighter Luis Montoya is a national hero respected for his great courage and daring. Only his longtime friend and assistant Hector Rangel knows that the retired matador has a dark secret. Luis must get rid of Hector knowing his terrible secret, Hector plans to leave the Montoya ranch. "Everything is different," Hector tells Luis. "I must Leave." His bags are packed. Before he can depart, however, Luis puts on a show of bravado. Together they will kill the animal that wounded Hectorís tempestuous son, promising young toreador Curro Rangel. Once Luis has lured Hector into the ring, he uses an air pistol to shoot his old friend with a dart dipped in a strong tranquilizer. With Hector helpless and only barley conscious, Luis releases Marinaro the killer bull.

 


"Now You See Him..." (1976)
Season: 5, Episode - 5
Director:Harvey Hart
Written by:Michael Sloan
Produced by:Everett Chambers
Originally aired:February 29, 1976
Run Time: (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo
 
Jack Cassidy		as The Great Santini
Bob Dishy		as Sergeant John J. Wilson
Robert Loggia		as Harry Blandford
Nehemiah Persoff	as Jesse T. Jerome
Cynthia Sikes		as Della Santini
George Sperdakos	as Thackery
Thayer	Daud		as Clerk
Redmond	Gleeson		as Danny Green
Victor Izay		as Lassiter
Robert Gibbons		as Rodger
Redmond Gleeson		as George Thomas
Michael Payne		as Jefferson

 
Plot:

Master magician the great Santini is amazing audiences at the Cabaret of Magic. What they donít know is that Santini hopes to pull of the grandest illusion of his career - making club owner Jesse T. Jerome disappear. The crude Jerome is the only person who knows that Santini was a Nazi death camp guard named Stefan Mueller, He has been blackmailing the magician since learning his dark secret.

 

Columbo - "Last Salute to the Commodore" (1976)



"Last Salute to the Commodore" (1976)
Season: 5, Episode - 6
Director:Patrick McGoohan
Written by:Jackson Gillis
Produced by:Everette Chambers
Originally aired:May 2, 1976
Run Time: (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo
 
Robert Vaughn		as Charles
Wilfrid Hyde-White	as Kittering
John Dehner		as Commodore Otis Swanson
Dennis Dugan		as Theodore "MAC" Albinsky
Fred Draper		as Swanny Swanson
Diane Baker		as Special Guest
Bruce Kirby		as Sergeant George Kramer
John Finnegan		as Guard
Joshua Bryant		as Wayne Taylor
Susan Foster		as Lisa
Rod McCary		as Coast Guard Officer
J.P. Finnegan		as Guard
Joseph Roman		as Shop Foreman
Hanna Hertelendy	as Women
Jerry Crews 		as Watchmaker
Fire Poert		as Sailor
Jimmy Joyce 		as Handwriting Expert
Tom Williams 		as Bartender
 
Plot:

The family and friends of brilliant naval architect Commodore Otis Swanson have gathered for the companyís annual party. The commodore, however, has become increasingly discontented with the way his son-in-law, Charles Clay, has developed the ship-building firm into a vast, impersonal corporation. He is tired of being surrounded by freeloaders like his alcoholic daughter, Joanna, his irresponsible nephew, Swanny, and of course, Charles. The only man he respects is Wayne Taylor, the head of the boat yard. In fact, the Commodore intends to sell the company. That night, Charles is wiping clean the belaying pin used to bash the Commodoreís skull.

 


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