Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Invitation to Murder 

Someone is playing a deadly game of 10 Little Indians with the heirs to a wealthy, now-dead artist, who left his fortune to anyone who could survive him by one year. Not only was the artist... See full summary »


Harry Harris


Leonard Freeman (created by), Seeleg Lester


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Episode cast overview:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Kam Fong ... Chin Ho
Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
Helen Funai Helen Funai ... Riah Barlow
Sydney Lassick ... Benilea
Christina Kokubo ... Eugenie Barlow
Anthony Caruso ... David Thorpe
Lyle Bettger ... Malcolm Rhodes
Eduard Franz ... Thomas Barlow
Henry Woltag Henry Woltag ... Anatole Surat
Valerie Charles Valerie Charles ... Carolyn Thorpe
Lydia Jade Lydia Jade ... Iolani
Francis Kamahele Francis Kamahele ... Lawrence Barlow


Someone is playing a deadly game of 10 Little Indians with the heirs to a wealthy, now-dead artist, who left his fortune to anyone who could survive him by one year. Not only was the artist murdered by a lethal overdose in a medication he took, the heirs one by one are falling victim to booby traps set in their most prized possessions. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 March 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Helen Funai portrays Christina Kokubo's mother in this episode, yet she is only 6 years older than Christina at the time of its filming. You can see Helen was made to look older with gray dye in her hair. See more »

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Despite a few pot holes, this one was a HUGE change of pace for the series.
18 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Invitation to Murder" seemed much more like an Agatha Christie novel than an episode of "Hawaii Five-O". While the plot is pretty familiar, it isn't for the show and represents a big departure from the usual. In some ways, this is very nice--in others, the show is a bit lacking.

Steve McGarrett is approached by a lawyer (Lyle Bettger--who often played Jonathan Kaye on the show) with an odd request--follow him along to the reading of a will because what's in it MIGHT lead to the beneficiaries killing each other!! That's because the deceased artist stipulates that they must wait one year to collect--and the SURVIVING family members will split the money at that time. Well, wouldn't you know it--folks start dropping like flies! And so it's up to Steve and the gang to get to the bottom of it.

The biggest shortcoming of the episode is that the finale is less than stellar. After a ton of murders, Steve comes up with a theory as to who the murderer was--and yet while an interesting theory, there is absolutely no concrete proof and the show just ends!! But, it is creative and cool to see the various murders--enough so that it's entertaining. But far from a great episode.

DUMB MOMENT TO LOOK FOR: When Danny suspects that a wine about to be drunk is poisoned, he takes a small taste to find out for sure!!! Thank goodness it wasn't something like potassium cyanide--this would have killed this idiot!!

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