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.For More Pictures
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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
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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