A reporter is killed in front of his daughter at the zoo. Joe has to find out who killed him and why because the little girl thinks it's her fault.

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A reporter is killed in front of his daughter at the zoo. Joe has to find out who killed him and why because the little girl thinks it's her fault.

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For the "Hard Boiled Murder" episode from the fourth season of the series "Diagnosis Murder," the writer created a sequel to this episode, in which Julie Adams, Pernell Roberts, Beverly Garland, and of course Mike Connors all reprised their characters from this episode. Joe Mannix is depicted as a friend of Dick Van Dyke's character, Dr. Mark Sloane; during the opening scene, Joe mentions that he only needs Peggy as an assistant - although Gail Fisher, who was still alive, did not appear. See more »

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When Mannix is in Saunders' apartment, he's wearing a plain white shirt with a royal blue tie. Then when he answers the phone in his car right after that, he's now wearing a white shirt with blue stripes and a dark blue tie. Then when he goes to Reynolds' house right after that, he's wearing the plain white shirt with the royal blue tie once again. See more »

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Featured in Diagnosis Murder: Hard-Boiled Murder (1997) See more »

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A great episode, but with a very unhealthy Barry Atwater
17 April 2015 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a really good episode, and it's one of the best this season. The story is interesting and the acting is good, and it contains very few clichés. The fight scenes are really good too.

It's about a man who is killed in front of his young daughter, and Mannix is hired to find out why. The plot in this one is a bit complicated as there are a lot of names being thrown around, but it's not too bad if you're paying attention.

What's particularly notable about this episode is the unhealthy appearance of Barry Atwater, who has a noticeable bulging forehead as well as what appear to be protruding bones in both of his cheeks, near both eyes. It's well known that he was a heavy steroid user, and his bizarre-looking face appears to be a result of that. It's quite ironic that he plays a doctor here, because it certainly looks like he needs one. He ended up dying about four years after this episode aired.

A refreshing thing about this episode is it contains very few clichés. Joe doesn't get walloped on the back of the head, his car doesn't get run off the road by another car, and the police don't rush in at the end to arrest everybody. In fact, none of those clichés have been used in ANY of the first four episodes this season, which for this show is pretty impressive since they had been used heavily in previous seasons. It's very evident that the writers and producers have made a concerted effort this season to reduce the number of clichés. Joe does, however, get shot at in this episode, but of course, none of the bullets hit him, which is why I'm giving this episode a 9 instead of a 10. But other than that, this is a fine episode.


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