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Columbo full episode: Any Old Port in a Storm

Columbo Any Old Port in a Storm

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It perenially tops the chart of Columbo fans’ very favourite episode and now you can view Any Old Port in a Storm online in HD thanks to the Columbo YouTube channel.

Featuring Donald Pleasence as all-time great baddie Adrian Carsini, Any Old Port has some of the greatest lines of dialogue from any Columbo episode, and is an aural treat time and again.


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26 thoughts on “Columbo full episode: Any Old Port in a Storm

  1. I think the issue a lot of you are having is Columbo doesn’t have decisive evidence and a good lawyer could get the killer off scot free. That’s not the point Columbo rarely has decisive evidence. What Columbo does is psychologically pressure his opponents into incriminating themselves or confessing. It wasn’t just the comment about the heat but the comment about how the secretary convinced columbo that carsini was innocent. That’s what Columbo does he’s not Sherlock Holmes, he often needs a confession because the evidence wouldn’t be enough in court that’s why he has to mentally destroy the killers.

  2. I am lost…can someone please explain why he let the wine cellar overheat? Did it have to do with the body temperature,or did he just let his brother die of dehydration?

    • Great actors nice story, BUT Trish is right. A temperature rise of 10 degrees Celsius doubles biological processes. So the coroner would have supposed that the dead man would have been dead a longer time and that would “endanger” Adrien Carsini’s alibi. — I would repair the story like that: the coroner found out that he was dead a longer time than he actually was given the known circumstances. At that time this is a mystery to be solved. Columbo knows that the only solution is that he must have been in a heated room. Then, he learns a little bit about wines and is tricking the wine expert Adrien Carsini with the highly developed taste of his own tongue. —

  3. Donald Pleasence’s character rolling over on himself seems pretty absurd. If he can spend $18,000.00 on booze in NYC I think he could hire pretty decent attorney to defend himself. And, what does Columbo have on him??? That he let his wine cellar overheat? Is there any forensic evidence linking the half-brother to the cellar? Am I missing something? The episode would have been better if Columbo had discovered that Ric was going to sell the land to the Marino Brothers: that would have established motive at least. In short, “Any Old Port” disappointed me.

    • I agree about the rolling over. But if I’m not mistaken, (can’t remember who mentioned it to Columbo) someone in this episode did say that Ric wanted to sell the land.

      • Ric’s fiancee tells Columbo that Ric wanted to sell the business (although she doesn’t mention the Marino Brothers). This happens at the lakeside club right after he informs her of Ric’s death. I don’t recall Columbo ever grilling Carsini about this, though.

    • I agree. I’m still not seeing Columbo’s “case.” How does Adrian’s wine overheating prove that Enrique was left in the cellar? What’s the connection?

    • Well sir, Karen was trying to grab him by the balls. He didn’t want that. With her wishes and desires unfulfilled, she would have done, what every ‘Karen’ does – call the police. He did call her ‘…an employee and nothing more..’, Of course a good attorney might have got him off. But, you see sir, Carsini was a man of honour. He wasn’t a criminal or a scoundrel, used to dodging criminal charges. It would have weighed on him tremendously.

    • But that’s not what columbo is about, you have to have the gotcha moment at the end, and if he went the way of solving it through the sale then it’s not an exciting story.

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  5. Here’s an interesting/amusing rundown on something I’ve sometimes contemplated about the Columbo episodes.

    What happens to the businesses that were owned, franchised, or managed by the killers after Columbo catches them? What happens to Brimmer’s otherwise top-tier private investigation firm? What happens to Milo Janis’s sleazy gym operations? And what happens to the first-rate Carsini’s Winery that Adrian ran?

    Columbo: 5 Unfortunate Aftermaths of “Any Old Port in a Storm”
    JUNE 5, 2016 |

    An exciting meal wasn’t the only thing ruined when Columbo solves the murder in “Any Old Port in a Storm”. Businesses will be closed, careers ended, and the line at the unemployment line grows longer. Here are 5 unfortunate aftermaths of “Any Old Port in a Storm.”

    #1: Adrian’s favorite restaurant will lose a star
    The unnamed French restaurant seen in the final act will be forever known as the place Adrian Carsini’s last supper before going to prison. His public rant will spread rumors the restaurant serves iodine and liquid filth. A place that doesn’t put prices on their menus can’t be known as a place the rich go to jail. The place should be thankful Yelp wasn’t invented yet.

    #2: The “Society” will have to find another Man of the Year
    The enigmatic wine organization, simply known as the “Society”, will be drowned in embarrassment and shame once everyone realizes they nominated a killer. Trying to recoup their credibility in the wine and cheese crowd, they’ll quickly rush to find another recipient of the will-be meaningless award.

    #3: Carsini Wineries will be making the Marino Brothers carbonated rosé
    Without the Carsini brothers, the winery is without ownership and management. It will quickly be shut down and all staff unemployed. Unfortunately, the courts will allow the Marino Brothers to purchase the business and their newest carbonated wines can go into production. Many of the original staff, including the quality control team, will not be asked to return.

    #4: The priceless, $5,000 bottle of wine will be lost to history
    The only bottle of wine in Adrian’s collection that did not turn into vinegar was perhaps his $5,000 bottle of wine corked in the year 1850. With all the confusion between his confession, arraignment, and the judicial system, the wine will disappear into obscurity. Remember, Adrian had no use of it and said he didn’t want anyone else to have it. Adrian will win this one.

    #5: Karen will be waiting for Adrian, forever!
    Stalker alert! Karen, the unindicted co-conspirator, has nothing else. This includes her position when they quickly close the winery. But she will wait for Adrian, including writing letters he’ll never open. Adrian will feel safest inside the prison where the closest thing to wine he will ever have is that’s made from juice, garbage bags, and dirty socks.


  6. Oh goodie, I’ve always wanted easy and fast access to this episode. I do own it on dvd, but with the internet it’s just all the more convenient. Maybe I’ll enjoy it with some cabernet later.

    That I bought from the Marino brothers.

    The sixty-nine cents a gallon Marino brothers.

    Who don’t make wine.

    They don’t even make good mouthwash.

    No amount of liquid filth can ruin this exciting episode however, despite its appearance in the episode.


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