Mannix: Season 3, Episode 20

Only One Death to a Customer (14 Feb. 1970)

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Three attempts are made on Mannix' life within a short period of time, and the killers were each offered a substantial sum of money to do the job. Mannix concludes that the only man who ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
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Frank Christi ...
Erik Holland ...
Frank Bauer
Jonathan Kidd ...
Medical Examiner
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Larry Hammond
Dorothy Harker
Garry Walberg ...
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Ward Wood ...


Three attempts are made on Mannix' life within a short period of time, and the killers were each offered a substantial sum of money to do the job. Mannix concludes that the only man who hated him enough to put out these contracts on his life was Frank Bauer, whom he captured and helped put in jail for a murder and robbery in Nevada. The only problem: Bauer, who had recently broken out of prison, was killed during his escape. Mannix decides to go to Nevada to find out whether Bauer's brother may be behind the attempts on his life -- and perhaps to find the more than $200,000 still missing from the robbery. Written by aldanoli

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Loretta Swit's TV debut. See more »


During Mannix' trip to Reno, Nevada, Tom Corey (Garry Walberg) tells Mannix that he lives at the "Monarch Hotel." When Corey apparently falls from the hotel balcony later in the episode, Mannix arrives on the scene just as Corey is being taken away on a gurney to a waiting ambulance. When Mannix leans over to listen to something Corey wants to say, however, the low camera angle inadvertently identifies the real location - the Knickerbocker Hotel, which is just off Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, not Reno. See more »

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Not as bad as you'd think....
3 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you believe the current rating for "Only One Death to a Customer", you'd assume it's a bad episode. With a rating of only 4.8 you can't help but think that it's a letdown for an otherwise decent series. Is this actually the case?

The show begins with Mannix meeting someone. However, he doesn't realize it's a set-up and assassins are waiting for him. He is shot but, in true Mannix style, he survives. Soon, several more attempts are made on his life. Oddly, however, folks never seem to take this seriously enough! Soon Mannix realizes that with the death of a judge and the attempts on his life, it might be related to an old case. However, the guy who long ago vowed revenge on Mannix, the judge and the prosecutor died recently. What gives? Is the guy really dead? Or, is something else happening?

This is a decent episode, plus you get to see a young Loretta Swit in her first TV appearance. I honestly see no reason to rate the show as poorly as it's currently rated. The only seriously stupid part I remember seeing was when a bomb was planted in Mannix's car. He never calls the bomb squad but disarms it himself. Is anyone THAT stupid?! I hope not.

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