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)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Rachman Habib escapes from the embassy and crashes the black gate with the car. Columbo arrives at the crime scene shortly after the murder happened and interviews the guard. You can see some workmen fixing the gate which now is painted with dark red or brown primer. Even if it was possible to paint the gate in such a short time the primer still would be wet making it impossible for the workmen to handle it. See more »


Lt. Columbo: [as Hassan removes an exquisite vase form the lieutenant's hands] This is a beautiful piece, sir. You know, we have one just like this back on the dining room table in our house. Almost the same design.
Hassan Salah: Uh, this is third century; it's worth several thousand dollars.
Lt. Columbo: No kidding. You know, I think my wife got ours at the farmer's market. Well, I guess ours is just a copy.
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A Great Exchange!
27 June 2005 | by ferrellSee all my reviews

One of my all time favorite Columbo episodes. Peter Falk is at his bumbling best and Hestor Elizondo is simply fantastic.

But what really deserves comment is the writing. A particularly memorable exchange occurs between Columbo and a chief suspect, Hassan Salah, played by Hector Elizondo. As I remember it goes something like this:

Columbo: Oh, no, you couldn't possibly have done it. You know, sometimes I can just look at someone and say "He couldn't possibly have done it." And when I first met you I said to myself "He couldn't possibly have done it."

Salah: That's very reassuring, Lieutenant. How often are you right?

Columbo: Oh, only about twenty percent of the time.

***** You really have to see it to fully appreciate it. It is truly classic.

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