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
Did You Know?
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
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.
You're my best man!
I know you know!