Columbo: Season 7, Episode 2

Murder Under Glass (30 Jan. 1978)

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Food critic Paul Gerard, who has been extorting money from restaurant owners in exchange for good reviews, murders one when threatened with exposure.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eve Plummer
Max Duval
Kanji Ousu
Vittorio Rossi
Larry D. Mann ...
Miss Choy
Antony Alda ...
Todd Martin ...
Sgt. Burke
Fred Holliday ...
Alberto Morin ...
Chef Louis
Jimmy Murphy ...
Charlie (as Jim Murphy)
Carolyn Martin ...
Lady Cashier
Miyako Kurata ...
1st Geisha


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

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30 January 1978 (USA)  »

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In this episode Columbo admits that his wife is a lousy cook. See more »


Mr. Gerard first refers to Mary Choy's restaurant as "The House of Choy" when Columbo asks him about her name appearing in Vittorio's date-book. But later, Columbo meets with bankers over coffee cake, and Mary Choy's restaurant is referred to as "The House of Shanghai". See more »


Paul Gerard: [referring to Vittorio's death] Albert, can all this be true?
Albert: Mr. Gerard, Vittorio was a fine man. You're a food critic, great critic. I'm a simple chef. But I'm sure I speak for chefs everywhere when I say I wish it was you dead in there.
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This Old Man
Traditional children's marching song.
Heard on sountrack during two restaurant scenes and whistled by Peter Falk.
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An "entree" that is truly satisfying!
13 June 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

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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