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
Kanji Ousu
Vittorio Rossi
Larry D. Mann ...
Miss Choy
Antony Alda ...
Mario DeLuca
Todd Martin ...
Sgt. Burke
Fred Holliday ...
Alberto Morin ...
Chef Louis
Jimmy Murphy ...
Charlie (as Jim Murphy)
Carolyn Martin ...
Clair - Lady Cashier
Miyako Kurata ...
1st Geisha


Paul Gerard is a famous gourmet whose 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, Vittorio 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 some Chinese dim sum, 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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One of the few episodes where the murderer attempts to kill Columbo. See more »


When Columbo re-enacts the death of Vittorio with Mario and Albert, he uncorks a wine bottle with the gadget. He leaves the gadget with the cork on the table but takes the tray with knives to a chest of drawers where he discovers canceled checks in one of the drawers. He then takes the same tray back to the table, but now he also carries the gadget with the cork in his left hand. See more »


Lt. Columbo: The boy said something about an argument and a lot of shouting. What was that about, sir?
Paul Gerard: It was a trivial matter.
Lt. Columbo: Yes, sir. Most arguments seem to start that way.
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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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29 August 2003 | by (Liberty, TN) – See all my reviews

Louis Jordan is very good in this Columbo movie. Peter Falk, as usual, comes through, and we can't get enough of him! 'Don't know if it was intentional or not, but it seems someone was using similarities on purpose, in this film, to the old movie "History Is Made At Night" with Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur. 'The restaurant, both men named 'Paul', both women named 'Irene' (in 'Columbo', 'Irene was the alias of the gal, which she used at the bank.), the connection to France,...just thought I'd mention that. We were amused by it, even if it wasn't intentional. 'Would like to know, however, if it WAS done on purpose.

'Hope Falk lives forever, 'cause we just love that Columbo!!

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