An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Paul Gerard is a famous gourmet and his books about restaurants can decide the fate of a chef. In his way, Paul is a very powerful man. But Paul is threatened by Vittorio Rossi, the proprietor of a renowned restaurant and one night, after a fight with Paul, Rossi is poisoned by a bottle of wine he himself had uncorked. Lt. Columbo begins to investigate and we have no doubt that, between a steak and a Chinese dish, he will find out who killed Rossi, his motive and the way he did it. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
One of the few episodes where Columbo admits to disliking the murderer. See more »
When the killer (Mr. Gerard) advises his lover Eve to travel to Europe they hug. Several continuity errors with position of her arms from shot to shot. See more »
Oh, I do a little cooking, sir. Nothing fancy. Mrs. Columbo, she's a remarkable woman. She has lots of interests... but cooking isn't one of them. She gives me plenty of encouragement.
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"This Old Man"
Traditional children's marching song.
Heard on sountrack during two restaurant scenes and whistled by Peter Falk. See more »
With a script by Robert Van Scoyck and direction by Jonathan Demme, later to go on to direct Oscar winners "Philadelphia" and "The Silence of the Lambs, "Murder Under Glass" is, without a doubt, one of the best acted in the show's history. Louis Jourdan makes a rare television appearance as a popular food critic with a penchant for blackmail, that, ultimately, leads to murder. The witty script allows for some marvelous banter between "Paul Gerard" (Jourdan) and the ever-inquiring "Columbo" (Falk).
Rounding out the cast are some familiar faces of stage, screen, and television: Mako ("The Sand Pebbles", "Conan the Barbarian"), Richard A. Dysart (TV's "St. Elsewhere," "The Hindenburg"), France Nuyen ("Flower Drum Song," "Diamondhead"), veteran character actors Michael V. Gazzo, and Larry D. Mann. Alan Alda's younger brother, Antony, has a small part as Gazzo's "nephew".
Topping off the fine production is an "appetizing" score from Jonathan Tunick.
This is one television "meal" that comes highly recommended by this viewer.
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