Mannix: Season 2, Episode 15

Only Giants Can Play (18 Jan. 1969)

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A tennis pro tries to blackmail a candidate for governor, and is found dead in a remote area. His wife hires Mannix to investigate the man's death. Mannix travels to the state where the man... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Peggy Fair (credit only)
Jim Claman
Mike Ray
Claire Hanley
Bettye Ackerman ...
Rita Claman
Peter Donat ...
Walter Webb
Vince Deadrick Sr. ...
Richard Newley (as Vince Deadrick)
Art Lewis ...
Pete (as Artie Lewis)
Gilchrist Stuart ...
Charlie (as Gil Stuart)
Paul Hahn ...
Police Sergeant
Joseph Walsh ...
Hotel Clerk


A tennis pro tries to blackmail a candidate for governor, and is found dead in a remote area. His wife hires Mannix to investigate the man's death. Mannix travels to the state where the man died, and becomes embroiled in the political back-and-forth involving the candidate who was the target of the blackmail and his staff, as well as the activities of the candidate's opponents -- while also dealing with an oily woman who owns a chain of newspapers. Written by aldanoli

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18 January 1969 (USA)  »

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Early in the episode, Mannix is being driven in a chauffeured limousine owned by newspaperwoman Claire Hanley (Patricia Barry). At one point, he raps on the privacy glass to signal the driver that he wants to be dropped off. The driver immediately steers to the right on a rural highway with no buildings or other vehicles visible on that side of the road. But when the shot changes to show the completion of the maneuver from the front, the limousine is suddenly on a city street with buildings and parked cars lining the street. See more »

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Aside from the use of the helicopter, a good episode.
23 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Before I say what I liked about this episode of "Mannix", I should point out that the use of helicopters in this one was really bad...really bad. First, at the beginning, you see a man attacked and killed by a helicopter. Unless the thing landed ON him, this just seemed far-fetched. The copter was coming towards him and the guy falls to his death! Silly. Why didn't they shoot at him or drop an anvil on him or something else?! Second, when Mannix is attacked by a helicopter, he knocks the thing out of the sky amazingly easily--so easily it made me laugh! As for the rest of the show, "Only Giants Can Play" is actually quite good. The show involves Mannix trying to solve the murder of the man in the opening scene--and the man was another private detective. What, exactly the mystery is turned out to be very interesting and was an interesting indictment on the life of a politician and his family. Worth seeing but what's with those stupid helicopters?!

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