Joe Mannix is asked by his old friend, Mildred Oliver, to look into the circumstances of her daughter Leslie, who has become an alcoholic and has been acting strangely lately. In the middle... See full summary »


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Leslie Fielding
Glen Fielding
Mildred Oliver
John Ogilvy
Bill Walker ...
Arline Anderson ...
Mrs. Allen
Sister Angelica


Joe Mannix is asked by his old friend, Mildred Oliver, to look into the circumstances of her daughter Leslie, who has become an alcoholic and has been acting strangely lately. In the middle of his investigation, Leslie becomes a suspect in the murder of an unemployed trumpet player, who appears to have been blackmailing Leslie and receiving payoffs - which gives her the perfect motive to have killed him. Written by aldanoli

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15 September 1971 (USA)  »

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In this premiere episode of Season Five, the opening credits are altered somewhat from the previous three seasons. One of those changes is that early on a shot of Mannix standing on a lawn where a young woman pirouettes, briefly showing her panties, has been replaced by a shot of Mannix jumping off a platform onto the back of someone facing away. The new replacement scene is taken from near the end of this episode. See more »


The property used throughout most of the episode as Leslie Fielding's residence is the same property used to depict the orphanage that Joe Mannix visits on his way to Mexico. In the establishing shot of the house shown immediately after the opening credits there is a distinctive white statue of Jesus, with arms outstretched, in the foreground of the shot; that same statue appears in the orphanage scenes, but shot only from the side and back, to try to disguise that it's on the same parcel as the house. See more »

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19 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with a woman finding a strange person coming into her home from the shadows. She tells him to stop...he doesn't...she shoots him. Soon, her husband comes home and finds the guy--and promises to hide the body. Now at this point, I said to myself "why not call the police--he WAS in your house late at night and she did warn him before shooting!". Well, inexplicably, they didn't do this.

A bit later, the woman's mother comes to Mannix for help...not because of the shooting but because the mother is worried about her flaky alcoholic daughter (and the daughter CLEARLY is an alcoholic). Mannix gets involved and soon the cops find the body and put 2 and 2 together. Can Mannix tease apart what REALLY happened?

This episode isn't bad but isn't very good (especially for a debut episode for a new season). One problem is that the plot isn't that interesting or believable. And another is when Joe reunites the accused killer with her young daughter. Why is this a problem? Because they child MIGHT be better off in an orphanage than with a woman with a severe substance abuse problem. While bringing the small child into the woman's life might help the woman, what about the child? Troubling to say the least.

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