Columbo (1971–2003)
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Murder Under Glass 

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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Did You Know?


The suspect, Paul Gerard, drove the Stutz Blackhawk, a rare American car from the early 70's. It was a status symbol that demonstrated affluence far beyond that of even Rolls Royce or Bentley. See more »


In the montage where the killer prepares the poison from the blowfish, he alternately wears vinyl gloves, no gloves and latex gloves, back and forth all within one short scene. See more »


Paul Gerard: I wanted you to have one last taste of Tokyo before you begin your tour of American restaurants.
Kenji Ozu: They won't believe this when I send back the story. They think I'm eating hot dogs and grits.
Eve Plummer: Have you ever eaten grits?
Kenji Ozu: No, not yet.
Eve Plummer: Don't bother.
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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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Impressed with the writing, I had to check IMDB to see who wrote it!
24 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This whole episode, but most certainly its succinct ending, full of subtle life and summation via its robust subtext, captured my interest so much so that I had to come online and see if Robert Van Scoyck had an entry in IMDB. Sure enough, he does, and I also see he won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for this particular show. Kudos to myself for recognizing great work without any bias, and congrats to Mr. Van Scoyck for the award. Thanks for leaving memorable work we can look up to!

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