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
Miss Choy
Antony Alda ...
Mario DeLuca
Todd Martin ...
Sgt. Burke
Fred Holliday ...
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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode Columbo admits that his wife is a lousy cook. 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: [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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Not perfect but still solid
24 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have always loved Columbo, and while Murder Under Glass is not for me one of the very best of the series it is still a solid and worth watching episode. I do agree that a few of the scenes leading up to the murder and the murder itself feel a little rushed, and while still interesting the ending could've been more plausible. However it is strikingly filmed, with an atmospheric score, terrific direction from Jonathan Demme, a well-written and compelling story and dialogue that is as clever and as intelligent as ever. Peter Falk always embodied Columbo and here is no exception. Louis Jourdan's performance is not what I call an amazing one, with the odd moment of stiffness but it was good with his very intellectual and aloof character playing off against Columbo's more shrewd, humorous and cunning persona very well. The support cast do what they can, but I found the revelations aside from Falk to be the script and the direction here. In conclusion, not perfect and not one of the best of the series, but solid and recommended. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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