Columbo Murder Under Glass (1971–2003) Online
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.
|Episode cast overview, first billed only:|
|Louis Jourdan||-||Paul Gerard|
|Shera Danese||-||Eve Plummer|
|Richard Dysart||-||Max Duval|
|Michael V. Gazzo||-||Vittorio Rossi|
|Larry D. Mann||-||Albert|
|France Nuyen||-||Miss Choy|
|Antony Alda||-||Mario DeLuca|
|Todd Martin||-||Sgt. Burke|
|Alberto Morin||-||Chef Louis|
|Jimmy Murphy||-||Charlie (as Jim Murphy)|
|Carolyn Martin||-||Clair - Lady Cashier|
|Miyako Kurata||-||1st Geisha|
One of the few episodes where Columbo admits to disliking the murderer.
The suspect, Paul Gerard, drove the Stutz Blackhawk, a rare American car from the early 70's. It was a status symbol that demonstrated affluence far beyond that of even Rolls Royce or Bentley.
This is the second episode in which Columbo speaks Italian.
In this episode Columbo admits that his wife is a lousy cook.
This episode features Antony Alda (the younger half-brother of actor/director Alan Alda) as an Italian-only speaking waiter.
Although Mrs. Columbo never actually appears, Mrs. Falk is in this episode (and five others as well). Actress Shera Danese was, in real life, married to Peter Falk, starting a month before this episode aired and until his death in 2011.
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).
Robert Van Scoyk's teleplay won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Television Episode.
This is the final "Columbo" episode in which the actor playing the murderer, Louis Jourdan, is older than Peter Falk.
Shera Danese, Peter Falk's real-life wife appeared in six episodes of the series, playing a different character each time:
- Episode 13.2 Columbo: A Trace of Murder (1997) - Cathleen Calvert
- Episode 12.3 Columbo: Undercover (1994) - Geraldine Ferguson
- Episode 10.3 Columbo: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (1991) - Trish Fairbanks
- Episode 9.1 Columbo: Murder, a Self Portrait (1989) - Vanessa Barsini
- Episode 7.2 Columbo: Murder Under Glass (1978) - Eve Plummer
- Episode 6.1 Columbo: Fade in to Murder (1976) - Molly
One of the few episodes where the murderer attempts to kill Columbo.