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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the few episodes where Columbo admits to disliking the murderer. See more »


In the introduction to the episode, Paul Gerard is shown on TV discussing the eating of live shrimp, known as Odori Ebi. "The shrimp is still wriggling as it is quickly dipped into the sauce," he says, "and eaten with gusto." He then proceeds to dip what would appear to be a dead shrimp in the bowl -- it isn't moving at all -- and due to the awkward manner in which he holds his chopsticks, the chopsticks are empty as he goes to raise the shrimp back to his mouth. See more »


Paul Gerard: I'm beginning to regard you as an old acquaintance, Lieutenant.
Lt. Columbo: Well, thank you very much, sir. I'm beginning to know you pretty well, too.
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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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29 August 2003 | by hyjrrh-1See all my reviews

Louis Jordan is very good in this Columbo movie. Peter Falk, as usual, comes through, and we can't get enough of him! 'Don't know if it was intentional or not, but it seems someone was using similarities on purpose, in this film, to the old movie "History Is Made At Night" with Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur. 'The restaurant, both men named 'Paul', both women named 'Irene' (in 'Columbo', 'Irene was the alias of the gal, which she used at the bank.), the connection to France,...just thought I'd mention that. We were amused by it, even if it wasn't intentional. 'Would like to know, however, if it WAS done on purpose.

'Hope Falk lives forever, 'cause we just love that Columbo!!

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