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

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7 October 1973 (Season 3, Episode 2)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A very strong entry in the series See more (26 total) »

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

Larry Cohen (story)

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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  • Universal TV (from Universal City, California) (as Universal® Studios)
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USA:96 min
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Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (2005) (DVD) (self applied) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005)

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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 »
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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 »
Quotes:
Adrian Carsini:I guess, uh, freedom is purely relative.See more »
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References This Gun for Hire (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
This Old ManSee more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A very strong entry in the series, 2 October 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Adrian Carsini loves his wines and has both made and lost a fortune buying and selling expensive and famous wines. However his brother Enrico wants to make money from the family business by increasing production and selling lower quality wines but in bulk. Trapped and facing losing his beloved work, Adrian explodes into a rage and hits Enrico with a lamp. Using a trip to New York as an alibi, Adrian hides the body and, on his return dumps him in the ocean and makes it look like a scuba-diving accident. Columbo gets involved because missing persons manage to dodge the case but, rather than wonder why it is his job, Columbo finds one or two details just failing to make sense.

As with many TV film series (such as Perry Mason), if you like one or two of them then you'll pretty much like them all. This entry in the Columbo series pretty much follows the usual formula – we know the killer and the "perfect" plan but then watch Columbo follow his hunch and gradually starts to pick holes in the story he is told before eventually finding enough to prove his suspicions. Knowing this ahead of time won't ruin anything for you; it is simply what happens in all the films. With this strict adherence to formula it is usually down to several factors whether or not the Columbo film stands out or if it is just average. Having watched a couple of the "new" Columbo films recently, I was glad to return to the vintage fold to find that the formula was all very much in place here. The story opens with a sudden moment of rage that is different from the usual plans in the series. The way Columbo gets involved is a bit contrived but from here on in it all works really well – the reasons why Adrian become the focus are played out in a great scene where Adrian says things that don't ring true and a close-up shot of Columbo shows us the confusion growing within him. The mystery builds well and moves easily and professionally – being enjoyable from start to finish.

Falk is the reason his character has become so well known and, as always, he is spot on. Whether playing the simple characteristics or allowing more complex thoughts to come across on his face, it is a typically strong performance. He is helped by having a director in Penn who understands where Falk is and how to best capture it on film. Pleasence is a typical piece of class and his performance works really well whether he is blowing up, slyly playing with Columbo or finding himself trapped. It is a strong performance that stands out as one of the stronger of the series. As usual the support cast are less important but Harris is good in a minor role as Adrian's secretary even if Jillson and Conway are only par for the course.

Overall a typically strong entry in the series that deserves the repeated bad puns made on this site about it being a "vintage". The story is clever and well delivered while the performances are very good where it counts (the lead two) and are helped by a director that seems to understand what it is all about.

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