Mannix (1967–1975)
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The Name Is Mannix 

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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Sam Dubrio
Louise Dubrio
Eddie Lee Prentiss
Barbara Anderson ...
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Bob Garrett ...
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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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16 September 1967 (USA)  »

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John Colicos' character is supposed to drive Mannix to the airport control tower in the desert following the scene at the Palm Springs aerial tramway. According to Mike Connors in an interview that he and Joseph Campanella provided for the new DVD set, Colicos, who had theretofore lived in New York City, confessed that he had never driven a car. Connors covered for him by holding the steering wheel with one hand below the camera range and putting his left foot on the gas - which fitted into the sequence, when Mannix is supposed to hit the gas at the last minute as they approach the tower and race the car toward it. 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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