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
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Did You Know?
'Any Old Port in a Storm' originally aired October 7, 1973. The story often mentions Tuesday the 18th. The only months in 1973 in which the 18th fell on a Tuesday were September and December. Much of the story takes place 6 days after the 18th, making it the 24th, but since there's no mention of Christmas Eve, the action must be taking place in September. See more
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
Why were you assigned to the case? I mean, you're-you're in homicide, aren't you?
I just go where they tell me to, sir.
Well, doesn't look right to me. It looks like they, uh... they suspect someone of, uh, foul play.
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?
References This Gun for Hire
This Old Man
English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk See more