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"Columbo" Any Old Port in a Storm (1973)

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Stanley Ralph Ross (teleplay by)
Larry Cohen (story)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
7 October 1973 (Season 3, Episode 2)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Donald Pleasence ... Adrian Carsini
Joyce Jillson ... Joan Stacey
Gary Conway ... Enrico Guiseppe Carsini

Dana Elcar ... Falcon

Julie Harris ... Karen Fielding

Vito Scotti ... Maitre d'

Robert Donner ... The Drunk

Robert Ellenstein ... Stein

Robert Walden ... Billy Fine
Regis Cordic ... Lewis (as Regis J. Cordic)
Reid Smith ... Andy Stevens
John McCann ... Officer

George Gaynes ... Frenchman
Monte Landis ... Steward (as Monty Landis)
Walker Edmiston ... Auctioneer
Pamela Campbell ... Cassie Marlowe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rand Brooks ... Jerry - Wine Lab Assistant (uncredited)
Robert Doyle ... Winery Tour Guide (uncredited)
Charlie Jones ... Newscaster (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Bartender (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Janitor at Winery (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Leo Penn 
Writing credits
Stanley Ralph Ross (teleplay by)

Larry Cohen (story by)

Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

Produced by
Robert F. O'Neill .... producer
Original Music by
Dick DeBenedictis  (as Dick De Benedictis)
Cinematography by
Harry L. Wolf (director of photography) (as Harry Wolf)
Film Editing by
Larry Lester 
Buddy Small  (as Budd Small)
Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Arch Bacon)
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer 
Production Management
Wilbur Mosier .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Boston .... assistant director
Sound Department
David H. Moriarty .... sound
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grady Hunt .... costumes
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles
Jackson Gillis .... executive story consultant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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USA:96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005)

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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
References This Gun for Hire (1942)See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
I really liked it!, 12 May 2008
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

Hard to say what it is that makes this movie a tad bit better than most of the Columbo movies. Most likely it's the presence of Donald Pleasence. He always has been a great and perhaps also a bit of an underrated actor, who is best known for the work he did in horror movies.

But it also is the story and directing that makes this a good movie. Normally when Columbo shows up late into the story, the movie itself mostly isn't one among the best. Columbo in this movie shows up about 20 minutes into the movie. He also doesn't show up in the usual matter and we see him for the first time in his office at the police station, before he even starts to investigate the murder. And he and the killer don't first meet until well over 40 minutes into the movie. So it's a sort of Columbo movie that progresses in a non-formulaic way. I really like the storytelling and flow of the movie. For a Columbo movie it's rather long but this really doesn't matter since it's such a fine Columbo movie entry. You can also really thank director Leo Penn fr this, who also later directed the 1989 Columbo movie "Columbo: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine". It's not necessarily a slow going Columbo movie but it certainly is an easy going one, that sort of is comparable to murder-mystery movies from the '40's in a way.

It's not necessarily a well written, clever Columbo episode or one that offers many surprises but it's really that storytelling that makes the movie such a successful one. It also helps the movie that it uses some fine settings. The movie is for most part set in the winery-business, which seems to work really well for a murder-mystery.

Peter Falk and Donald Pleasence are great in their roles and also especially when they are together on screen. Besides those two the movie features also some other fine actors such as Oscar-nominee Julie Harris. Amazing how many Oscar nominees and winners always were more than happy to appear in a Columbo movie.

A real good and special Columbo entry!


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