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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Eve Plummer
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Kanji Ousu
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Vittorio Rossi
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Albert
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Miss Choy
Antony Alda ...
Mario DeLuca
Todd Martin ...
Sgt. Burke
Fred Holliday ...
Crawford
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Chef Louis
Jimmy Murphy ...
Charlie (as Jim Murphy)
Carolyn Martin ...
Clair - Lady Cashier
Miyako Kurata ...
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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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Portions of this episode were shot at a favorite location of Hollywood stars -- Perino's, on Wilshire Bvld. After over 50 years of business, the restaurant permanently closed its doors just a few years later (in 1986). See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Gerard advises his lover Eve to travel to Europe, they hug, with several continuity errors with position of her arms from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Kenji Ozu: Are you a lieutenant with the American Army?
Lt. Columbo: Ah, no sir. Los Angeles Police.
Eve Plummer: Homicide, right, Lieutenant?
Lt. Columbo: That's right, ma'am.
Kenji Ozu: Ah, there was a murder movie on the plane. Brilliant.
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This Old Man
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Traditional children's marching song.
Heard on sountrack during two restaurant scenes and whistled by Peter Falk.
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Really classic!
8 July 2003 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

For those who might think, that television productions could never touch the glory of Hollywood productions, this Columbo episode is one of the best examples to doubt. Even Columbosists, I think, would agree, that this is one of the best episodes of the confused detective and the best thing about it, it's absolutely timeless!

There's not much to say about Peter Falk's performance... GREAT as in each minute, we've seen of Columbo. But fortunately, the producers were able to capture an outstanding guest star: Louis Jourdan. While many musical stars, who had problems to get engagements after the breakdown of the studio system, were featured as guests in Columbo episodes, Jourdan probably gives one of the most outstanding performances. (Sure, he wasn't one of those who had problems to get other engagements) I also recommend this episode to those people, who know Jourdan only as Gigi's lover Gaston. No, he was able to do much more!

In its length of just 75 minutes, the production is as attractive as a major Hollywood production. Highly recommended to anybody, not only to television buffs!


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