Mannix: Season 1, Episode 1

The Name Is Mannix (16 Sep. 1967)

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In the series debut, individualist private detective Joe Mannix is working at a corporate agency. Company rules dictate only one piece of paper on a desk at a time; Mannix's desk is ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Joseph Campanella ...
Sam Dubrio
Louise Dubrio
Eddie Lee Prentiss
Barbara Anderson ...
Angela Dubrio
Bob Garrett ...
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ...
Helicopter Pilot (as Buzz Henry)
K.L. Smith ...
Sheriff Bevan
Morgan Jones ...
Henry Wills ...
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In the series debut, individualist private detective Joe Mannix is working at a corporate agency. Company rules dictate only one piece of paper on a desk at a time; Mannix's desk is cluttered. Despite Mannix's disdain for the rules, the head of the agency, Lew Wickersham also knows Mannix "is my best man." Mannix is sent to investigate a missing person's case. The client is a retired mobster, who first tests Mannix. The detective is told the missing person, the mobster's daughter, is kidnapped. Mannix will encounter much treachery before learning the true facts of the case. Written by Bill Koenig

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According to Mike Connors, he suffered two injuries during the filming of the pilot that continued to give him discomfort for the rest of his life. In the sequence on the golf course, during one of the shots when the helicopter plunged toward him, he threw himself to the ground and dislocated his right shoulder on a hill he hadn't realized was there. And in the fight sequence in the palm grove with Lloyd Nolan's henchman, he broke his left wrist when throwing a punch. Connors slipped in the muddy water and hit harder than he had intended, and his punch landed on a steel back brace that he had not known the other actor was wearing. In subsequent shots, Connors wore a soft cast on that wrist, and kept his left hand out of camera range. See more »


Joe Mannix: Lew, we've been here before. I know you won't change the system. I know I won't change the system. It's logical. Can me.
Lew Wickersham: You're my best man!
Joe Mannix: I know.
Lew Wickersham: I know you know!
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This series sure started off with a great episode!
8 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When "Mannix" first aired, I was too young to watch it. And, even though it aired eight years, I was still only a kid and only recall seeing a few of the later shows. So, I really don't know if the show is any good or not. Out of curiosity, I got the first disc from Netflix so I could see for myself. I was especially curious because the show was produced by Bruce Geller--the same guy responsible for the wonderful show "Mission: Impossible". I realized when the show began that the music was also from the guy that did the music for this other show (Lalo Shifrin).

As far as pilot episodes go, "The Name is Mannix" is one of the best I can recall. It has terrific writing (also by Geller) and kept me guessing throughout the show. It also didn't hurt that the show had some excellent supporting actors and was set in Palm Springs.

"The Name is Mannix" begins with Joe Mannix going to work at the very corporate private investigator agency (later, he would become a private eye--with his own office and secretary). He obviously does NOT fit in to this sophisticated atmosphere, though apparently he's the best they've got. Mannix is given a case involving the kidnapped step-daughter of an ex-gangster (Lloyd Nolan). He and his wife (Kim Hunter) want Mannix to deliver the money--but Mannix has a slightly different plan. However, even cool and tough Mannix isn't prepared for the double-crosses that take place in this one--fortunately, he's smart enough to discern what's REALLY happening.

You can sure see that "Mannix" was a very tough and violent detective show for its day. I don't know if this trend continued throughout the series, but this pilot is very tough--with three killings--some of which are VERY violent! This, combined with a very taut script have me aching to see more. Hopefully the series can maintain this great, tough momentum.

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