When a prizefighter is gunned down during a match, the initial speculation is that he was punished for refusing to take a dive. But Joe Mannix, who happened to attend the match, speculates ... See full summary »

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When a prizefighter is gunned down during a match, the initial speculation is that he was punished for refusing to take a dive. But Joe Mannix, who happened to attend the match, speculates that the bullet may have been meant for someone in the audience -- and a review of the fight film suggests that the real target was Mannix himself. This is reinforced when there is another attempt on Mannix' life -- but the evidence begins to point to someone whom Mannix believes couldn't possibly have tried to commit the murder. Written by aldanoli

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A great episode for someone not all that familiar with "Mannix"
29 December 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have been working my way through all the "Mannix" episodes. After all, I find an old crime show is great company when I'm on my treadmill and I long ago finished all 12 seasons of "Hawaii Five-O". I'm up to the middle of season six of "Mannix" and liked this show but also felt it was best seen by someone who hasn't already watched all the episodes of the series. After all, in season two's "End Game" the plot was very, very similar to this one...too similar to be believed if you've watched all the shows. BOTH shows feature an angry guy Mannix knew during the Korean War who's out to kill EVERYONE who served with him!! Back in 1973, this wasn't so bad...after all, this second episode came out four years later and many fans wouldn't have recognized that the shows were in many ways virtually the same. But for folks watching on DVD, there will certainly be too many similarities between the shows. Fortunately, at least, "The Man Who Wasn't There" is better made...so at least it marks an improvement in the original idea.

The show begins with Joe and his friend, Lt. Tobias (Robert Reed) at a boxing match. Suddenly, some nut up in the rafters shoots one of the boxers and makes his escape. When I heard it was a 9mm bullet, I thought the writer screwed up as this is NOT the sort of thing a sniper would use--it's more a bullet for a handgun or an Uzi. However, when it turned out the guy was NOT trying to kill anyone but was doing it all in an elaborate plan to torment Mannix before killing him, this made a bit more sense. What follows is a cat and mouse sort of game that often was exciting to watch...mostly because the baddie, played by Clu Gulager, was extremely menacing and effective. His laugh was nightmare fodder! So even though the show isn't too original and had a few logical flaws (such as, once again, Mannix shooting like an expert marksman while using a snug-nosed .38--and a person with a decent knowledge of guns will tell you his hitting folks at 100 yards and the like is utterly ridiculous), it is engaging and worth seeing.


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