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
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
I dislike telegrams and I dislike receiving them. There's something about a telegram that makes me feel that some kind of tragedy has occurred.
References This Gun for Hire
"This Old Man"
English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk See more