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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> / edited by statmanjeff
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whistles 'This Old Man' whilst on the telephone (an element he improvised). This was subsequently adopted as his character's theme tune. See more
Adrian Carsini reenters the wine cellar where he suffocated his brother 5 days previously and is able to breath normally as if all the life sustaining oxygen has not been consumed. Even if through some architectural miracle he was able to breathe, there is still the point that his brother has been dead for 5 days in a very hot vault and Adrian, with his very delicate sense of smell, shows no reaction to his brother's decomposition nor the resultant body functions during the two days it took him to die. See more
Would you care for a sip of the wine that made Carsini famous?
Enrico Guiseppe Carsini
I'd rather have some wine that made Carsini rich.
References This Gun for Hire
This Old Man
English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk See more