Season 7 Episode 5

The Conspirators

Aired Unknown May 13, 1978 on NBC
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The Conspirators
An Irish poet, who fronts a peace organization while secretly running guns, kills an arms dealer who tries to swindle him.

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  • Very Entertaining

    This was by no means a complex story and since Joe Devlin didn't kill someone close and personal to him it was never going to be the same as some of the other classic Columbo episodes.

    Yet, I thought the interaction between Columbo and Devlin were incredibly entertaining along with all the poetry and limericks throughout. I rate the end scene as one of the best with Columbo ending with these words: "This far, and no farther"moreless
  • Yet amusing.

    Very enjoyable episode. The last of the season 7.

    Clive Revill known mostly from his voice in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back as the Voice of Emperor and the animated Batman series from 1992-1995 as Alfred Pennyworth plays an Irish writer poet and gun supplier for the IRA Joe Devlin. Joe is about to hit a deal for a ship load of guns with Mr Pauly when Joe realises Pauly is cheating. Guns are drown and there goes Pauly.

    From then on it is the usual formula we know the killer and his plan so all it's left is watch Columbo unravel the mystery little by little with his usual ways.

    Not my favourite storyline but Revill and Falk have good chemistry and make the story worthwhile.moreless
Clive Revill

Clive Revill

Joe Devlin

Guest Star

Bernard Behrens

Bernard Behrens

George O'Connell

Guest Star

Jeanette Nolan

Jeanette Nolan

Kate O'Connell

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Joe Devlin: Do you know these lines, Lieutenant? They're by Lewis Carroll. "You can charge me with murder or want of sense. We are all of us weak at times. But the slightest approach to a false pretense was never among my crimes."

      Columbo: Well, sir, you pretended to raise money to help the Irish victims and all the while you were planning to make more victims. Wasn't that a pretense, sir?

      Devlin: Politics makes liars of us all, Lieutenant.

    • Columbo: There once was a fella named Finnegan, who escaped from a jail, so to sin again
      he broke laws by the dozen,
      he even stole from his cousin,
      so the jail he broke outta he's in again.

    • Columbo: Forgive me, ma'am, for being indelicate like that but you know all the years that I've been doing this kind of work I still don't know how to make it sound inoffensive when one person kills another.

    • Joe Devlin: We execute traitors, Mr. Pauley. Didn't you know that?

    • Columbo: This far, and no farther (last line of the older Columbo episodes)

  • NOTES (2)


    • Columbo: nephew's the needlepointer. It seems to relax him before he goes into those weightlifting contests.

      This is a jocular reference to Franco Columbo - world champion body builder and friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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