Columbo (1971–2003)
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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 ...
Lewis (as Regis J. Cordic)
Reid Smith ...
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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The car driven by Ric Carsini and hidden by his brother Adrian, is a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTS. The four-seater model had a 4 litre V12 Colombo engine. See more »

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When Joan shows Columbo the letter she received in Mexico with the $5000 check, there are stamps and a name on the envelope, but no delivery or return addresses. See more »

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Adrian Carsini: Why were you assigned to the case? I mean, you're-you're in homicide, aren't you?
Columbo: I just go where they tell me to, sir.
Adrian Carsini: Well, doesn't look right to me. It looks like they, uh... they suspect someone of, uh, foul play.
Columbo: Well, maybe they do, sir, but you certainly don't have anything to worry about. You were three thousand miles away at the time of his death, right?
Adrian Carsini: Right.
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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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Anything, but the Marino Brothers
23 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Columbo film is one of my favorites with Donald Pleasance as the murderer, a fanatical wine connoisseur who Peter Falk eventually traps into a confession of murder. This was not a planned murder by any means, in fact Pleasance does it in a fit of rage. But he plans well the alibi and that due to the fact that apparently no one saw his victim come or go from his home.

The victim here is Gary Conway, Pleasance's half brother who owns the land where the vineyards of the family business grow. Pleasance got the cash, but he spends it foolishly on expensive wines for his educated palate. The business has gone to rack and ruin and Conway wants to sell it and get out.

Both these guys are not prizes, Conway is a playboy who's about embark on his latest marriage, this one to Joyce Jillson. Pleasance is an egotistical fool who won't pay attention to business.

This Columbo film contains one of my favorite moments, it's when Conway informs Pleasance that he's considering an offer from the Marino Brothers for the vineyards. Just watch Pleasance literally foam at the mouth at the thought that these guys who apparently supply the stuff favored by the wino community are going to own his vineyards. You would have thought that he was being asked to sacrifice a child to Baal. It's what drives him to murder Conway. You can't really understand it, but you feel his rage.

There is one other major character in this film, that of Julie Harris, Pleasance's devoted secretary who has her suspicions about Conway and hopes to use them to form a closer relationship with Pleasance. She's a piece of work.

Still Donald Pleasance really shines as one of the best foes Peter Falk ever came up against.


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