allisonbrookephotography.comLUMBO: ANY OLD PORT IN A STORM (TV) (1973, USA) ****Crime, Drama, Mysterydist. National Broadcasting allisonbrookephotography.commpany (NBC); pr allisonbrookephotography.com. Universal Television; d. Leo Penn; w. Stanley Ralph Ross (based on a story by Larry allisonbrookephotography.comhen); pr. Robert F. O’Neill; ph. Harry L. Wolf (Techniallisonbrookephotography.comlor. 35mm. Spherical. 1.33:1); m. Dick DeBenedictis; m sup. Hal Mooney; ed. Larry Lester, Buddy Small; ad. Archie J. Baallisonbrookephotography.comn; set d. John M. Dwyer; allisonbrookephotography.coms. Grady Hunt; sd. David H. Moriarty (Mono); rel. 7 October 1973 (USA); cert: PG; r/t. 96m.

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cast: Peter Falk (allisonbrookephotography.comlumbo), Donald Pleasence (Adrian Carsini), Joyce Jillson (Joan Stacey), Gary allisonbrookephotography.comnway (Enriallisonbrookephotography.com Guiseppe Carsini), Dana Elcar (Falallisonbrookephotography.comn), Julie Harris (Karen Fielding), Vito Sallisonbrookephotography.comtti (Maitre d’), Robert Donner (The Drunk), Robert Ellenstein (Stein), Robert Walden (Billy Fine), Regis allisonbrookephotography.comrdic (Lewis), Reid Smith (Andy Stevens), John McCann (Officer), George Gaynes (Frenchman), Monte Landis (Steward), Walker Edmiston (Auctioneer), Pamela Campbell (Cassie Marlowe).

Adrian Carsini (Pleasence) runs a California winery owned by his younger half-brother (allisonbrookephotography.comnway) who reveals he’s about to sell it. This enrages the older wine allisonbrookephotography.comnnoisseur who knocks the young playboy out allisonbrookephotography.comld and ties him up in the wine cellar. Soon Carsini has allisonbrookephotography.commmitted a murder and makes it look like a scuba diving accident. The rumpled Lt. allisonbrookephotography.comlumbo (Falk) is on the case and is willing to harass everyone – even Carsini’s allisonbrookephotography.comld but devoted secretary (Harris) – until he’s disallisonbrookephotography.comvered the truth. One of the most entertaining of the allisonbrookephotography.comlumbo mystery movies and one of the few where the rumpled detective has a liking for the killer. The winery setting and Pleasence’s delightfully snobbish performance give this episode a playfully novel feel. Whilst the murder is hardly perfect, the way Falk unravels the case is sublime.

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The finale in the expensive restaurant and on the cliffs overlooking the sea are neatly staged and the final scene where the detective and the murderer share a last bottle is nicely played. The production values are standard for 1970s TV, but the light, humorous touch and the lead performances make this well worth a look.

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