Adrian Carsini is a fanatical wine connoisseur who operates a winery on the California coast. When Adrian's indifferent brother, who owns the winery property, threatens to sell it, Adrian kills him in a fit of rage, then places his brother's body in storage in his wine vault while he travels to New York to attend a conference. Adrian disposes of the body on his return, and in such a way as to make his brother's demise look like an accident. But he hadn't reckoned on the canny Lieutenant Columbo, who is assigned to this case by the LAPD's Homicide Division. Columbo is 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, and he befriends Carsini while slyly searching for clues to link Carsini to the killing. Written by
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Peter Falk has stated, that this episode is his personal favorite. He said,that this was the first episode in which Columbo developed a sincere fondness for the murderer. Speaking of Columbo and the Donald Pleasence character, he said that "the two men shared something in common -- an admiration for excellence." See more
At the end of the film, when Columbo is explaining to Carsini how he solved the case, he lights a cigar which he then removes from his mouth with his right hand. The shot changes to a close-up - in the middle of a line of dialogue so there is no delay - and he is now holding the cigar in his left hand and the book of matches in his right. See more
[Become dizzy after standing up
You all right?
I didn't realize I drank that much. Whatta ya call that stuff?
I usually don't drink anything I can't pronounce, but I can see I got a lot to learn. First thing I gotta learn is how to hold my cabernet sauvignon.
References This Gun for Hire
This Old Man
English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk See more