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.


Jonathan Demme


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Louis Jourdan ... Paul Gerard
Shera Danese ... Eve Plummer
Richard Dysart ... Max Duval
Mako ... Kanji Ousu
Michael V. Gazzo ... Vittorio Rossi
Larry D. Mann ... Albert
France Nuyen ... Miss Choy
Antony Alda Antony Alda ... Mario DeLuca
Todd Martin Todd Martin ... Sgt. Burke
Fred Holliday Fred Holliday ... Crawford
Alberto Morin ... Chef Louis
Jimmy Murphy Jimmy Murphy ... Charlie (as Jim Murphy)
Carolyn Martin Carolyn Martin ... Clair - Lady Cashier
Miyako Kurata 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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English | Italian | French

Release Date:

30 January 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

"Colombo: Vino d'annata" (1978) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In his brief TV segment, Paul Gerard shows what is purportedly a Tiger Fugu fish, and correctly describes it as the most delicious variety of Fugu fish. However, the fish he holds up to make his point is covered in long spines. Like all pufferfish, the Tiger Fugu (species Takifugu rubripes) is smooth until it is inflated. The fish shown is likely the otherwise closely-related porcupinefish, whose spines are visible even when uninflated. See more »


Kenji Ozu: Do you have a hot suspect?
Lt. Columbo: Well, I've got my eyes on one.
[Turns to look at Paul Gerard]
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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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Fine dining and murder
2 October 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of Columbo's most elegant opponents appears in this episode. It is Louis Jourdan well known gourmet and food critic who's gotten himself quite a nice racket. For a good review he takes nice kickbacks and one fine day restaurant owner Michael V. Gazzo decides he's not paying any more and is going to expose the whole thing. After dining with Jourdan at his own restaurant, Gazzo takes sick and dies within minutes.

A rather rare and exotic poison that only someone like Jourdan would know about is used. But this particular Columbo is about how it was administered. Jourdan is even helped by the fact that originally suspicion falls on busboy Anthony Alda from the old country who speaks no English. Columbo has to communicate with him in Italian.

The final confrontation scene between Jourdan and Peter Falk is about 20 minutes and it's a classic. Columbo wants Jourdan's professional opinion on his veal scallopine and it's over some fine dining that Falk tells Jourdan how he did it. The dialog is some of the best ever done for a Columbo story and both the players are superlative.

You ought to see this episode for that alone.

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