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

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Stanley Ralph Ross (teleplay by)
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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) (verified as complete)

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
Henry Mancini .... composer: Sunday Mystery Movie theme
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles
Jackson Gillis .... executive story consultant
Crew verified as complete

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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)

Did You Know?

One of the few times Columbo mentions he and his wife having kids. At one point he says Mrs. Columbo may join them for dinner if they can get a babysitter. "You know how it is when you have kids," he says. Earlier, he mentions going on a picnic with his wife and "my kid."See more »
Plot holes: Rigor mortis is not permanent: it would not necessarily still affect a dead body after more than 2 days, especially in warm conditions. The basic scenario of the episode is extremely implausible anyway. A sudden heatwave is very unlikely to cause the temperature in an airtight wine cellar located in the center of a large house to soar above 100 within only 1 day. Even without air conditioning the cellar would be the place best shielded from hot weather and take the longest to equilibrate to the outside temperature. In addition, suffocation would take several days to occur in even a moderately large room; the victim would probably have died of dehydration before that.See more »
Columbo:[as his dinner guests are served Ferrier Vintage Port, 1945] Drinks all around.See more »
Movie Connections:
References This Gun for Hire (1942)See more »
This Old ManSee more »


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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
vintage Columbo, 23 December 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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