Mannix: Season 4, Episode 7

The Other Game in Town (31 Oct. 1970)

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Victor Brady, a leader in the electronics business, runs up a gambling debt of nearly $250,000 to a Las Vegas casino. Brady's private plane disappears from the radar on its way back to Los ... See full summary »

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Eve Brady
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Jaycie
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Billy Moss
Alan Bergmann ...
Conforti
Don Dubbins ...
Chris Allison
Ward Wood ...
Don Hanmer ...
Eddie
Allen Joseph ...
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Bart La Rue ...
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Pete Ricardo (as Charles Picerni)
Dale Tarter ...
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Don Edwards ...
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Victor Brady, a leader in the electronics business, runs up a gambling debt of nearly $250,000 to a Las Vegas casino. Brady's private plane disappears from the radar on its way back to Los Angeles, but after his memorial service, his widow hires Joe Mannix to look for him, claiming that her husband is still alive and contacting her for help in raising the money to pay the casino. His investigation leads Mannix to that casino and the assorted people who work for it and who knew Victor Brady. Written by aldanoli

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Good, though the 'big twist' is pretty easy to guess.
17 July 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode is enjoyable and has some twists, though the big twist near the end was pretty easy to guess. After all, Rich Little is a guest star on the show and considering his act, it's awfully easy to know what part he has in the conspiracy. It also has a few small plot holes.

The show begins in Vegas. Victor is losing badly at the gambling tables and has run up a $230,000 tab--a tab which he cannot possibly pay. After he leaves for home in L.A. in his private plane, it disappears from the radar--and it's assumed to be sunk in the ocean near home.

Mannix arrives at the end of the funeral for the guy. It seems that his wife has hired Mannix because her husband really isn't dead--and she wants to know where he is. How does he know he's alive? Well, she's received several phone calls from him. In the latest call, he's asked her to take the insurance money from his death and give it to him! Mannix's job is to find him and straighten all this mess out by the end of the show.

So here are some problems with all this:

1. Rich Little is in the show...and the widow is receiving phone calls from her dead husband. Does it take Einstein to figure this out?! Plus, why didn't Mannix realize this until the end of the show?!

2. The husband really is dead. Note that I said there'd be spoilers. However, this is important, the plan ONLY works if the body is never found and it easily could have been--or at least pieces of him.

3. Why would the widow give her husband the money? She obviously didn't like him.

4. At the end, count up all the people who broke serious laws. One of them is NOT caught and gets away with conspiring to kill someone. An interesting omission, though life does sometimes happen that way.

The bottom line is that while this is an enjoyable episode, it's kinda hole-ridden. And, once it's over, you start to realize this.


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