Mannix (1967–1975)
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A group of businessmen approach Intertect. They say they want to approach a former colleague and offer him $1 million for a new formula. Mannix is suspicious the clients aren't telling the ... See full summary »

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Irina Stassos
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Ernst Stassos
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A group of businessmen approach Intertect. They say they want to approach a former colleague and offer him $1 million for a new formula. Mannix is suspicious the clients aren't telling the truth. He befriends the daughter of the man the businessmen want to approach and she falls for him. Mannix keeps digging and discovers the clients are really Nazi hunters. Or are they really Nazis? Mannix must find the answer and save the life of the daughter. Written by Bill Koenig

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The creators of the show, Richard Levinson and William Link, wanted the character of Mannix never to have a first name (similar to another of their creations, Columbo (1971), who never did acquire a first name). By the time the show got into production, however, Levinson and Link had moved onto other projects, and Mannix had a first initial, "J.," in Mannix: The Name Is Mannix (1967). In this episode he actually uses his first name, "Joe," for the first time. See more »

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Straightforward Plot Propels a Story Linked to WWII
14 June 2008 | by (Ukiah, California) – See all my reviews

"Mannix" was produced in an era when it was still possible to have stories involving people who credibly could have lived through the Second World War, and this is a rare episode involving ex-Nazis and those who hunted them. (Interestingly, although Mike Connors was just old enough to have served in World War II, his character of Mannix is supposed to have served in Korea.) Intertect is hired by three Germans supposedly to look for a missing scientist who has taken an important formula, but Mannix has doubts that they're what they claim to be.

The positive points include a more straightforward plot than some of the other offerings of this early season, each of which until this episode became tangled in multiple complications for Mannix (in one, he's suspected of committing a murder, and so commits burglaries and kidnappings in the service of "clearing" his name!). Here, the story is far more linear: the missing man has a twenty-something daughter named Irina, played by the frail-looking Linda Marsh, and she's the only known link to him. So, swallowing a little of his humanity, Mannix romances her to take her into his confidence, knowing he'll eventually have to admit to deceiving her just to find her father. Well -- all in a day's work!

The minuses include the use of the studio's "New York" back lot, with a series of staircases supposedly leading to the apartment building where Irina lives, probably so that a night scene could be filmed more conveniently. It's doubtful that there's even one street in Los Angeles outside of a movie set with the building entrances laid out like that, and the contrast is particularly painful when Mannix goes to look for her at what is clearly a real L.A. apartment complex -- a low-rise building surrounded by grassy lawn.

Much of the last act takes place at an industrial location (we're told it's a cement factory) and it's the source for the clip used in the opening credits during the rest of the show's run of Mannix riding upward on a conveyor belt toward the camera. Based on the views in the distance, it appears both that they shot the scene at a real industrial site and that Mike Connors did his own stunt high above the ground (even clambering off the belt at a point near the top of the structure). The episode also begins with Mannix and some other Intertect employees engaged in martial arts practice, which likewise supplied a clip used in the opening montage in later years of the series.

Director John Meredyth Lucas gets a compelling performance from Ms. Marsh, in the first of four appearances on the series. She projects a believable vulnerability throughout the episode -- which makes Mannix' deception of her all the more painful to accept. This episode also features an unusual cameo by Neil Diamond as himself singing three songs, including his first big hit, "Solitary Man." Considering the kind of work Mannix had to do here, it's an appropriate anthem for this episode.


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