Mannix: Season 2, Episode 6

A Copy of Murder (2 Nov. 1968)

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An author, preparing a book about a well-publicized murder case in a small California city, is killed when his yacht blows up. The author's publisher hires Mannix to find the book's last ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Peggy Fair (credit only)
Celia Bell
Barney Ford, Police Chief
Michael Evans ...
George Bigelow
Nelson Olmsted ...
Harlan Warde ...
Gerald Price ...
Tommy Carr
Troy Melton ...
Toby Johnson


An author, preparing a book about a well-publicized murder case in a small California city, is killed when his yacht blows up. The author's publisher hires Mannix to find the book's last chapter, which is said to solve the murder case. Mannix encounters a hostile police chief who wants to chase him off and an oil-company executive wanting to buy him off. Mannix refuses the bribe and endures a beating but remains committed to finding the missing chapter. Written by Bill Koenig

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2 November 1968 (USA)  »

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After Celia Bell (Barbara Rush) gives Mannix what is supposed to be the missing last chapter of the book Mannix is searching for, he compares a page from that chapter with a page from an earlier chapter in her motel room. These pages are typed with a serifed font (common on manual typewriters of the era) similar to Courier or Prestige Elite. When Mannix takes them to newspaperman Archer (Kevin Hagen) to examine them with an overhead projector, however, the pages - although the content is similar - are now typed in a non-serifed font similar to Helvetica or Arial. (Furthermore, although non-serifed fonts would have been available on early versions of the IBM Selectric during that era, they would not have been found on a manual typewriter without interchangeable typeface elements.) See more »

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Good episode...dumb sheriff!
11 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Mannix has an unusual case. He's been paid by a publisher to locate the missing final chapter of a novel. It seems that the author died in an accident--though the viewers saw that the death was anything but accidental! And, soon after Mannix's arrival, the Sheriff (Clifton James---who ALWAYS seemed to play sheriffs!) and some other locals make it very obvious that there is far more to the case than just retrieving the final chapter. After all, if the death was accidental, then why are they being so darned unfriendly towards poor old Mannix?!

This is yet another good episode of "Mannix" and it sure reminds me of several "Quincy" episodes as well as the old film "Bad Day at Black Rock". In each case, the hero walks into town and is suddenly the entire town seems to be out to get them! Can Mannix solve the mystery and save his hide? And, will he get beaten up yet again?! Well written and interesting--this one is worth your time.

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