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Any Old Port in a Storm 

A connoisseur running a California winery murders his younger half-brother to prevent him from selling the family business. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

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Joyce Jillson ...
Joan Stacey
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Enrico Guiseppe Carsini
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Falcon
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Karen Fielding
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Maitre d'
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The Drunk
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Stein
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Billy Fine
Regis Cordic ...
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Andy Stevens
John McCann ...
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Monte Landis ...
Steward (as Monty Landis)
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Adrian Carsini is a fanatical wine connoisseur who operates an elite winery on the California coast. When Adrian's indifferent brother, who owns the winery property, threatens to sell it, Adrian bludgeons him in a fit of rage, then binds and places his brother in his air-tight wine vault while he travels to New York to attend a conference. Adrian disposes of the body on his return in such a way as to make his brother's demise look like a scuba diving accident, but Adrian hadn't reckoned on the canny Lieutenant Columbo from LAPD's Homicide Division (a cigar-smoking detective with many fetishes: a constantly referred-to but unseen wife, an old car, and a rumpled raincoat). In his usual patronizing manner, Columbo suspects Carsini almost immediately, befriending him while slyly searching for clues to link Carsini to the killing. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca> / edited by statmanjeff

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wine | scuba | winery | death | murder | See All (67) »


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7 October 1973 (USA)  »

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'Any Old Port in a Storm' originally aired October 7, 1973. The story often mentions Tuesday the 18th. The only months in 1973 in which the 18th fell on a Tuesday were September and December. Much of the story takes place 6 days after the 18th, making it the 24th, but since there's no mention of Christmas Eve, the action must be taking place in September. See more »

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The wine that Carsini and Columbo drink at the conclusion is a white dessert wine. No white dessert wines are ever marketed in a fiaschi or straw-covered bottle. See more »

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Columbo: How can you tell a good wine from an average wine?
Frenchman: By, uh... the price.
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References This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »

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This Old Man
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English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk
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one of columbo's best
4 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with those who say Donald Pleasance and Julie Harris make this a great episode. But the plot makes little sense: Why would Carsini turn off the A/C and ventilation in his wine cellar? Are we to believe a wine cellar is air tight and that someone tied up within it would suffocate? He should just have given his brother another clout on the head. And then in disposing of his many bottles of overheated wine, why would Carsini drive to the coast and toss them into the sea, unless he wanted Columbo to catch him at it? Why not pour them down the sink? Still, a great episode, mainly due to Donald Pleasance's extraordinary performance.


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