Mannix: Season 7, Episode 21

Mask for a Charade (3 Mar. 1974)

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Eye witnesses saw policeman Al Reardon commit murder. He hires Joe to prove it was a frame-up, but can't seem to get his story straight.

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Sgt. Al Reardon
Vincent Barbi ...
Bartender (as Vince Barbi)
Jeanne Bates ...
Mary Reardon
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Helen Layton
Louis Guss ...
Ellis Varco
Gloria LeRoy ...
Jenny
Bill McLean ...
Coolie
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Dennis
Robert Ruth ...
Denby
Joan Shawlee ...
Dutchess
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Eye witnesses saw policeman Al Reardon commit murder. He hires Joe to prove it was a frame-up, but can't seem to get his story straight.

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When Joe and the woman are the lake with the two thugs, the portion of the woman's jeans right around and below her knees are already muddy before she actually kneels down into the mud, so obviously several takes of this scene had been done before this one without having the woman change her jeans in between takes. See more »

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A terrific and exciting episode, but with a lot of short tempers!
22 April 2015 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a superb and very entertaining episode of Mannix. It's one of the best episodes of this season and of the series overall. It's excellent.

It's about a syndicate hood who is killed in a hit and run accident, and the person suspected of killing him is a police sergeant (played by Claude Akins), who then hires Joe to dig up information to prove he's innocent.

I loved Gloria LeRoy's performance in this one as mob wife Jenny Dobbs. She plays the part perfectly, and she's funny too. Claude Akins' performance as the police sergeant is stellar too, as is the performance by Joan Shawlee as Annie, or "the Duchess" (she's referred to by both names in the episode), who plays the part of an informer.

There are some hot tempers in this one too. In fact, around the middle of the episode, there are three straight scenes where someone completely blows their top and lashes out at someone else. In the first one, Joe breaks down the door of syndicate boss Frankie West and really gets in his face and lets him have it after a couple of West's thugs jump him in a bar. Then in the very next scene, Lt. Malcolm totally loses his cool and blows up at Joe, which is very unusual as there are hardly ever any heated exchanges between Joe and Lt. Malcolm on this show, so this is pretty rare, but at the same time it's also refreshing because it's not something you see very often. What's especially funny about this scene is that at one point during his tirade, Lt. Malcolm says that "the D.A. blew his stack" over something that Joe did, so he's yelling at Joe about someone else blowing their stack at the same time that HE HIMSELF is doing the same thing with Joe!! Great stuff. Then in the next scene, Joe really loses his temper with his client, and his client returns the favor and yells right back at him. Really great sequence of scenes here.

So as you can see, there's a lot of tension in this episode, as well as intensity and excitement as the episode is fast-paced.

The plot in this one is pretty intricate, so you'll want to pay close attention to everything that's said and done so you don't lose track of what's going on. There are also several plot twists too, which only adds to the intrigue. In addition, there's one particular plot point that is never explicitly explained, but there are clues given throughout the episode that will allow you to draw your own conclusion as to what happened, which is what I did after thinking about it after the show was over. I also watched this one several times in order to get a better understanding of what actually happened and to see if the conclusion I reached made sense and would fit into the plot.

This is an exciting episode too as it features some great fight scenes, action sequences, and stunts, and one of those stunts is a difficult one that Joe actually does himself!! It's definitely him - it's not a stuntman!

On a hilarious note, check out the green and white plaid pants that Joe is wearing at the beginning of the episode! Gotta love it! Classic '70s!

This episode has everything - excitement, intrigue, tension, suspense, and a great plot. A real classic. Just fantastic.


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