Columbo: Season 3, Episode 2

Any Old Port in a Storm (7 Oct. 1973)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Jillson ...
Joan Stacey
Gary Conway ...
Enrico Guiseppe Carsini
Karen Fielding
Maitre d'
The Drunk
Billy Fine
Regis Cordic ...
Lewis (as Regis J. Cordic)
Reid Smith ...
Andy Stevens
John McCann ...
Monte Landis ...
Steward (as Monty Landis)


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 <> / edited by statmanjeff

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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 »


In the restaurant, Columbo lights a cigar at his table. The cigar is in his mouth when he draws on it, then looks up and smiles as Mr. Carsini and his assistant approach the table. The camera angle changes and the cigar is suddenly gone from his mouth as he greets the pair. See more »


Columbo: My handwriting is so bad, sometimes I think I should've been a doctor.
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References This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »


This Old Man
English children's folk song
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one of columbo's best
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I agree with those who say Donald Pleasance and Julie Harris make this a great episode. But the plot makes little sense: Why would Carsini turn off the A/C and ventilation in his wine cellar? Are we to believe a wine cellar is air tight and that someone tied up within it would suffocate? He should just have given his brother another clout on the head. And then in disposing of his many bottles of overheated wine, why would Carsini drive to the coast and toss them into the sea, unless he wanted Columbo to catch him at it? Why not pour them down the sink? Still, a great episode, mainly due to Donald Pleasance's extraordinary performance.

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