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Episode cast overview:
Barbara Sonderman (as Nancy Mehta)
Paul Stevens ...
Andrew Jordan
Angela Talbot
Linda Watkins ...
Lillian Kramer
Karl Henning
Maria Vaughn
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
Anthony Spinner (as Ernie Orsatti)
Paul Sorensen ...
James Bronte ...


Someone tries to kill world-famous opera diva Barbara Sonderman, who is about to return to the stage after a year's hiatus from performing. She hires Joe Mannix to find out who tried to kill her and why, but Mannix becomes disturbed by evidence suggesting that his client may have withheld information from him. Nevertheless, Mannix pursues a lead involving the death of her father, a policeman in a small town up the coast from Los Angeles -- while also struggling with his own growing feelings for Barbara. Written by aldanoli

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11 November 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the nursery rhyme 'Sing a Song of Six Pence'. See more »


At the beginning of the car chase, when Joe's car takes off from the curb, the right rear tire has a hubcap on it. In the next shot, the hubcap is missing from the same tire. Then in the very next shot, when the car turns right and heads up the hill, the right rear tire has a hubcap on it once again. See more »

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I didn't completely hate this one....but the problem I saw with this one isn't the same one the other reviewer saw.
17 February 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I noticed, once again, that the other user who is reviewing "Mannix" has a very, very different take on this episode than I have. They thought it was among the worst episodes. I thought it was passable...but not much more. So maybe we're not totally apart....though for different reasons.

The show begins with someone apparently taking a shot at a famous opera diva (Nancy Kovack*). Not surprisingly, she calls in Mannix to investigate and protect her. Later, there is an odd attempt on her--someone tosses a Molotov cocktail towards her...though Mannix inexplicably instantly draws some conclusions--something he does several times through the episode. And, in the end, he confronts the man behind all this....and he just quietly admits it and surrenders!

So why did I give it a four when I normally score the shows higher? Well, the biggest one is consistency and logic. Mannix falls for his client and gets all gooey with her...which is totally unlike the detective. He never falls for why this one?! Also, again and again, Mannix takes wild guesses out of left field...and they're right!!! This is a big sloppy. Plus, the fire bomb apparently was really to try to destroy a manuscript...but the guy who wanted to destroy it EASILY could have just asked the women if he could have read it and he would have known he had nothing to worry about from the not-so-tell-all book!! Hmmm...sound like both pkfloydmh and I found a lot of different problems with this one and we actually weren't so far apart after all.

*If this lady's face is familiar, you might recognize it but with a black wig from an episode of "Star Trek" ("A Private Little War"). She played the black-haired witchy woman.

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