Columbo (1971–2003)
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Any Old Port in a Storm 

A wine connisseur kills his half- brother to prevent him selling the family winery to a merchant company so he can pay off his gambling debts.


Leo Penn


Stanley Ralph Ross (teleplay by), Larry Cohen (story by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Donald Pleasence ... Adrian Carsini
Joyce Jillson ... Joan Stacey
Gary Conway ... Enrico Guiseppe Carsini
Dana Elcar ... Falcon
Julie Harris ... Karen Fielding
Vito Scotti ... Maitre d'
Robert Donner ... The Drunk
Robert Ellenstein ... Stein
Robert Walden ... Billy Fine
Regis Cordic ... Lewis (as Regis J. Cordic)
Reid Smith ... Andy Stevens
John McCann ... Officer
George Gaynes ... Frenchman
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Steward (as Monty Landis)


Adrian Carsini runs a California winery owned by his younger half-brother who reveals he's about to sell it. This enrages the older wine connoisseur who knocks the young playboy out cold and ties him up in the wine cellar. Soon Carsini has committed a murder and makes it look like a scuba diving accident. The rumpled Lt. Columbo is on the case and is willing to harass everyone - even Carsini's cold but devoted secretary - until he's discovered the truth. Written by J. Spurlin

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It's uncertain whether or not a goof occurs (calling over a character by an actor's name) when John McCann's character - only listed in the credits as 'Officer' - is called over as 'John.' See more »


While Columbo does have a few sips of wine in Adrian's office, it wasn't enough for him to feel dizzy when he stands up. See more »


Adrian Carsini: Do you think I'm gonna sit by and let some muscle-bound hedonist throw me out of what is rightfully mine?
Enrico Guiseppe Carsini: [laughing] Hey, come on. Don't worry. You'll be taken care of. I'm sure the Marino Brothers will let you lick the labels of their new carbonated rosé.
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References This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »


This Old Man
English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk
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Anything, but the Marino Brothers
23 September 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Columbo film is one of my favorites with Donald Pleasance as the murderer, a fanatical wine connoisseur who Peter Falk eventually traps into a confession of murder. This was not a planned murder by any means, in fact Pleasance does it in a fit of rage. But he plans well the alibi and that due to the fact that apparently no one saw his victim come or go from his home.

The victim here is Gary Conway, Pleasance's half brother who owns the land where the vineyards of the family business grow. Pleasance got the cash, but he spends it foolishly on expensive wines for his educated palate. The business has gone to rack and ruin and Conway wants to sell it and get out.

Both these guys are not prizes, Conway is a playboy who's about embark on his latest marriage, this one to Joyce Jillson. Pleasance is an egotistical fool who won't pay attention to business.

This Columbo film contains one of my favorite moments, it's when Conway informs Pleasance that he's considering an offer from the Marino Brothers for the vineyards. Just watch Pleasance literally foam at the mouth at the thought that these guys who apparently supply the stuff favored by the wino community are going to own his vineyards. You would have thought that he was being asked to sacrifice a child to Baal. It's what drives him to murder Conway. You can't really understand it, but you feel his rage.

There is one other major character in this film, that of Julie Harris, Pleasance's devoted secretary who has her suspicions about Conway and hopes to use them to form a closer relationship with Pleasance. She's a piece of work.

Still Donald Pleasance really shines as one of the best foes Peter Falk ever came up against.

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Release Date:

7 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

"Columbo - Wein ist dicker als Blut" (1975) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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