Mannix is hired to investigate a supposed miracle that has occurred on land owned by a mobster. When a man turns up dead and the mobster's thugs beat on Mannix, the miracle's legitimacy ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Larry Perkins ...
Father Mancino
Brenda Scott ...
Salvatore Pucci
Rico Pucci Sr.
Weston Gavin ...
Rico Pucci Jr.
Miriam Goldina ...
Geologist (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Lillian Adams ...
Italian Woman
Norman Kiley


Mannix is hired to investigate a supposed miracle that has occurred on land owned by a mobster. When a man turns up dead and the mobster's thugs beat on Mannix, the miracle's legitimacy seems highly doubtful. But the motives for faking the miracle are murky, at best. The mobster doesn't stand to gain financially. But Mannix is determined to find the truth. Written by Bill Koenig

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17 February 1968 (USA)  »

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The exterior shots - both front and back - of what is supposed to be the Puccis' mansion were filed at 380 South San Rafael Ave., Pasadena, California - the same house used as the exterior of Wayne Manor in the "Batman" series, and which also turned up in episodes of Paramount's sister series "Mission: Impossible," including the second season episode "Charity" and the sixth season episode "The Visitors." See more »


When Salvatore Pucci (William Smithers) approaches Mannix during the last rites scene in Rico Pucci's bedroom there are tears shining on Smithers' face visible in the medium shots taken from Smithers' right, but they disappear in the closer shots taken from directly in front of him. See more »

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I liked the solution to this one....highly original.
1 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very unusual episode for two reasons--the casting as well as solution to the mystery. As for the casting, it's interesting to see Bruce Gordon playing the role of a Bishop, as his big claim to fame previously was his recurring role as Frank Nitti on "The Untouchables"! Considering that Nitti was Al Capone's successor, this is as radical a departure having him now play a kindly bishop!! And, while William Smithers could play a gangster (as he did in this show), he would have been much more believable as the Bishop. Now this isn't to say the show was bad--just unusually cast. Now the solution was good because it was very unusual and original--and I love originality!

The assignment for Mannix is VERY unusual. A Catholic bishop (Gordon) has hired Intertech to investigate a supposed miracle to determine if it's real or a fraud. Now I know that the papacy has an organization that does this, but the writer hopes that the audience doesn't realize this! Regardless, Mannix gets the case and he cannot simply prove or disprove it quickly, so he assumes it's a fraud and tries to determine WHY--which is NOT easy, as there is a mobster involved who doesn't stand to gain anything if the miracle is true. What's next? See this very interesting show. As I said above, the solution to the problem is really interesting and makes a somewhat silly plot work well.

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