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?


The only... or one of the very, very few... episodes where we see the inside of Columbo's office, which looks more old school Private Eye than the more modern-day, busy police station. See more »


When Columbo is talking to the cop standing next to the victim's car he declares that "it must have cost a year's salary". A very expensive sports car like that would have taken several years of a cop's salary to buy. See more »


Columbo: [as his dinner guests are served Ferrier Vintage Port, 1945] Drinks all around.
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This Old Man
English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk
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Columbo At Its Very Best.
21 June 2015 | by Hotwok2013See all my reviews

"Any Old Port In A Storm" is my own personal favourite Columbo episode & I have read that it was also Peter Falk's. It begins with wine connoisseur & maker of fine wines Adrian Carsini holding up a wine-glass full of one of his wines to the light. "Titian himself could not have created a better colour & would have gone mad trying". Donald Pleasance plays Adrian Carsini who runs a California winery. The property is owned by his younger half-brother Enrico played by Gary Conway. Adrian is a wine-snob who loves his business of wine-making to the exclusion of just about everything else. When his playboy brother needs money to finance his own interests he decides to sell the family business to rival wine producers, the Marino brothers. This infuriates Adrian who rages, "The Marino brothers. 5 cents a gallon Marino brothers. They don't make wine. They don't even make good mouthwash". In his fit of rage he clubs Enrico over the head with a lamp knocking him unconscious. He then ties him up in his wine cellar just before travelling to a wine conference in New York with his secretary played by Julie Harris. When he returns 5 days later Enrico is dead & Adrian tries to cover up his murder by making it look like a scuba-diving accident. When Columbo is put on the case he soon begins to suspect Adrian Carsini may be involved & what follows is great entertainment. The scripting is top-notch as is the acting by all concerned. Even the minor roles are excellent. Vito Scotti as a restaurant Maitre d' is great as is George Gaynes playing a Frenchman who owns a wine-shop. The latter teaches Columbo some of what he knows about wines in order to help him trap his suspect. "Let's start with the basics. How can you tell a good wine from a bad wine?", is Columbo's first question. "Er, by the price!", answers the wine-shop owner. This, for my money, is just a fabulous Columbo entry!.

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