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 »

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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 is a fanatical wine connoisseur who operates an elite winery on the California coast. When Adrian's indifferent brother, who owns the winery property, threatens to sell it, Adrian bludgeons him in a fit of rage, then binds and places his brother in his air-tight wine vault while he travels to New York to attend a conference. Adrian disposes of the body on his return in such a way as to make his brother's demise look like a scuba diving accident, but Adrian hadn't reckoned on the canny Lieutenant Columbo from LAPD's Homicide Division (a cigar-smoking detective with many fetishes: a constantly referred-to but unseen wife, an old car, and a rumpled raincoat). In his usual patronizing manner, Columbo suspects Carsini almost immediately, befriending him while slyly searching for clues to link Carsini to the killing. Written by Kevin McCorry <> / edited by statmanjeff

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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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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Stanley Ralph Ross, he wrote the teleplay with Victor Buono in mind for the part of Adrian Carsini. See more »


Ric dies while firmly hogtied, yet his autopsy does not reveal any rope marks on his wrists or ankles. With rigor mortis setting in six hours after death, and full rigor taking hold at twelve hours, Ric's four-days-old corpse would have stayed in the locked position of being hogtied rather than floated loose-limbed in the ocean. See more »


Adrian Carsini: Didn't your family ever drink wines at home?
Columbo: I tell you, the closest we ever came to it was my father's job during prohibition.
Adrian Carsini: Bootlegger?
Columbo: No, he was a tail gunner on a beer truck.
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This Old Man
English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk
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Classic Columbo
13 March 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

This was another episode that I saw recently and I am still mystified at how I missed this episode for so long. Any Old Port in a Storm defines the term classic Columbo and has next to nothing wrong with it.

While it is a slow-paced episode, Any Old Port in a Storm is never dull. The script is excellent, with some very snappy lines and some of the interactions are among my favourites in a Columbo episode. The story lives up to its great premise and is always interesting and absorbing, the ending is tricky but not confusing as it is paced and explained very well.

Any Old Port in a Storm looks striking too, the photography doesn't jar in any way and the location shooting still looks pleasing on the eyes. The music is atmospheric and is careful not to intrude too much. The direction is top notch, as is the cast. Peter Falk is spot on and Donald Pleasance is so classy in an equally strong performance.

All in all, a classic Columbo episode with very little to fault it. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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