Mannix (1967–1975)
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Mannix is working on a child custody case that should be routine. It isn't. It begins with Mannix barely saving the life of the boy who is the subject of the custody fight. As Mannix's ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Joe Mannix
Lew Wickersham
Alan Brewer
Cloris Loman
Frank Campanella ...
Burt Loman
Fran Webber
Aram Katcher ...
J.D. Arikonian
Daniel Brewer
Josh (as Christopher A. Knight)
Ed Regan
Don Putnam ...
Ellaraino ...
Nurse (as Ella Edwards)
Helen Brewer
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Kidnapper / driver


Mannix is working on a child custody case that should be routine. It isn't. It begins with Mannix barely saving the life of the boy who is the subject of the custody fight. As Mannix's investigation continues, it becomes clear the boy's father is the target of killers, including one attempt by using explosives. Yet, the father isn't rich. Mannix must figure out the motive before the boy and father are harmed. Written by Bill Koenig

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25 November 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This has the first use of Armenian language in the series. Not just a passing word, but an extended sequence without subtitles that delighted Armenians but must have baffled the general public. In the scene, Mannix speaks to Aram the salesman and then J.D. Arikonian the rug merchant. See more »


When Mannix is keeping the cabin where 'Fran' lives under surveillance with binoculars, he notices three men approach the nearby propane gas tank. The closeup of his view through the binoculars to show them tampering with the valve mechanism changes to a higher angle shot, even though Mannix himself has not changed his position. See more »

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15 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

This episode of "Mannix" seems pretty mundane at the beginning. A father and mother are involved in a custody battle and the mother has hired Mannix to track the boy down, as the father has run off with him. However, after seeing the boy and his father, someone nearly runs the boy down--and it looks deliberate. The father grabs the boy and disappears again. Later, when Mannix is able to find them again, someone once again makes an attempt--this time on the father. A third time this occurs--and the idiotic father seems a lot less concerned than I'd be!! Who wants to kill these two and why? They aren't rich, they aren't famous and the father's record is clean!

This is a pretty interesting episode of the series and pretty unique. I liked the plot but did find it odd that the father was such a butt-head about the whole thing. Still, it is very good--and a nice chance to see Christopher Knight (as the boy) in his days before playing Peter on "The Brady Bunch" as well as a chance to hear Mike Connors speak what sounds like fluent Armenian.

By the way, for about the 6 or 8th time in the show so far, Mannix suffers a head injury. According to IMDb, he ended up getting knocked out over 50 times during the series and here he smashes his head against a curb. He SHOULD have had pretty massive brain damage after just a few of these--yet, like magic, he remained in his faculties and was as effective as ever later in the series. I guess Mannix was like the Energizer Bunny...he just kept going and going and going.

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