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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. 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
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Lewis (as Regis J. Cordic)
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Andy Stevens
John McCann ...
Officer
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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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7 October 1973 (USA)  »

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Trivia

It's uncertain whether or not a goof occurs (calling over a character by an actor's name) when John McCann's character - only listed in the credits as 'Officer' - is called over as 'John.' See more »

Goofs

The Tuesday that Enrico Carsini supposedly suffocated while scuba diving was overcast and rainy with a high temp of 48 (as found out by Columbo when he calls the weather bureau. Later in the show a major plot point is that the temp on the next Thursday got up to 109, thus spoiling the wine. A 60 degree temperature jump in two days in that part of California is highly improbable. See more »

Quotes

Adrian Carsini: 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.
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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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vintage Columbo
23 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When a frightened young woman comes into the police station to report a missing fiancée, she runs into Columbo and he has pity on her. Thus begins "Any Old Port in a Storm," a fantastic "Columbo" episode about a vineyard owner, his half brother, his secretary, and a big secret. Donald Pleasance is exceedingly unlikable as Adrian, who runs Carsini Wines - at a loss - and collects wine as well. Gary Conway is his playboy half-brother who's sick of seeing the family fortune dwindling away. Fearful that his wine business will be turned into a Gallo-type operation, Adrian kills his brother and leaves the body in the wine cellar before he and his secretary, beautifully portrayed by Julie Harris, attend a wine auction in New York.

It's not long before Columbo becomes involved and learns his wines so that he can go toe to toe with a murderer, who is now having the screws put to him by Harris, an old maid who knows what he did and wants marriage for her silence. The whole thing culminates in an exquisite dinner for which Columbo has chosen all the wine.

The masterful Larry Cohen wrote this script, and you'll find this episode and its subtleties right up there with the best of the "Columbo" series.


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