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

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Director:
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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)
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Plot:
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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Cast

 (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
 
Stunts
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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USA:96 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the film, when Columbo is explaining to Carsini how he solved the case, he lights a cigar which he then removes from his mouth with his right hand. The shot changes to a close-up - in the middle of a line of dialogue so there is no delay - and he is now holding the cigar in his left hand and the book of matches in his right.See more »
Quotes:
Adrian Carsini:This is dreadful. Don't you realize that a great wine is like a great work of art? It has to be nurtured, it has to be taken care of. You have subjected this port to a temperature in excess of 150 degrees. Such disdain can not and must not be tolerated!See more »
Movie Connections:
References This Gun for Hire (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
This Old ManSee more »

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9 out of 14 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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