A Vietnam war hero who married into the family of an aircraft manufacturer is killed by a grenade tossed into an elevator just before the doors close. The elevator operator, Roy Elkins, ... See full summary »

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Ralph Stoner
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Barbara Noland
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Julian Mallory
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Lou Morgan
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A Vietnam war hero who married into the family of an aircraft manufacturer is killed by a grenade tossed into an elevator just before the doors close. The elevator operator, Roy Elkins, survives, but while in a near-coma, he keeps murmuring what appears to be a woman's name, "Joyce." Because Joe Mannix is Elkins' friend, he decides to try to find out why someone nearly killed him -- beginning with an attempt to learn what Elkins means by the mysterious "Joyce." Written by aldanoli

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The "TS-1" aircraft that appears in this episode was actually a Grumman American AA-1A, registered N6362L. It was destroyed in a crash near Oakland, CA on August 9, 1976 due to pilot error; both occupants were seriously injured but survived. See more »

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The opening scene makes no sense whatsoever...
10 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While "Portrait of a Hero" isn't a terrible episode, the beginning of the show sure is. An executive is getting onto the elevator when an unseen assassin tosses a hand grenade into it! This tiny elevator only contains the exec and an elevator operator yet, amazingly, the elevator man SURVIVES!!! Think about it...the elevator is something like 6x8 and a grenade explodes and one of the men inside lives--but it also barely disfigures the guy at all.

The rest of the show, which is NOT insanely written, is pretty good as Mannix follows a variety of clues to see who was behind all this. The trails leads to an experimental airplane, the mob and Mexican drug gangs.

The bottom line is that the first five minutes or so are just stupid beyond belief and no matter how good the rest is, it isn't enough to overcome an insane notion that anyone could survive such a blast!


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