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
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When Dubrio's henchman abducts Mannix at the Palm Springs airport, the rental-car girl delivering his car asks if something is wrong, and Mannix replies, "No. He just tried harder." This is a reference to the long running Avis rental ad campaign "We try Harder", aimed at their main rival, Hertz. See more
Mannix fires a total of 7 rounds from his 6 shot revolver without reloading. 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!