Mannix: Season 2, Episode 1

The Silent Cry (28 Sep. 1968)

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Mannix has finally quit the detective agency for good and is out on his own. The second season begins when Mannix encounters a deaf woman who has witnesses a criminal talking at a pay ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Audree Norton ...
Jody Wellman
Laurence Naismith ...
Jason Evers ...
Simon Scott ...
Roger L. Wade
Ryan MacDonald ...
Lt. Robert Hargrove
Harry Lauter ...
Clarence Landry ...
Paul Bradford ...


Mannix has finally quit the detective agency for good and is out on his own. The second season begins when Mannix encounters a deaf woman who has witnesses a criminal talking at a pay telephone, discussing a kidnapping. She has made out certain key words because of her ability to read lips. Mannix gets her to remember enough of the conversation so that he can proceed in his investigation. The detective finds a rich man who says his wife has been kidnapped. It turns out the rich man has really hired the criminal to kill his wife and make it look like a kidnapping - and the criminal is anxious to tie up all loose ends, including Mannix and the deaf woman. Written by Bill Koenig

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At the beginning of the teaser, Jason Evers' character crosses a street and enters a telephone booth, where his conversation is "overheard" by deaf woman Jody Wellman (Audree Norton), who is able to read his lips as he speaks. The telephone booth is located on a paved street corner (in fact, the bottom of the booth straddles the sidewalk and curb). When Wellman later tries to tell her traveling companions what she observed, she points to the telephone booth. The now empty telephone booth, however, is suddenly on the opposite side of the street in the middle of a grassy area. (The entire street square where this scene was filmed can be seen in a crane shot in the next episode, "Comes Up Rose.") See more »

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They took some time to get this one right....
8 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

real sign language no closed captions! BAD car explosion!

"The Silent Cry" is the first episode of the second season of "Mannix". One thing you'll probably notice if you've seen season one is that Mannix is no longer working as an agent for Intertech but is in business for himself. Another is that despite this, it's a dandy episode--a nice start to the next season.

A deaf woman notices a man talking nearby at a payphone. She reads his lips and sees that he's talking about a kidnapping--and she immediately goes to the police. But, her description of the man is a bit vague and she only saw part of the conversation, so there really isn't much for the cops to do. Mannix meets her and agrees to help her. Using the few clues she is able to remember, he is able to locate the man whose wife has been kidnapped and Mannix offers to help. However, Mannix really has no idea what's going on nor how dangerous an assassin is. This killer hates loose ends and Mannix and the deaf woman are definitely loose ends!

Apart from one brief crappy scene (the car explosion CLEARLY is not the same car that is supposed to be exploding!), this is a very high quality episode. In particular, the people using sign language in the show actually were using sign language. Too often, they just fake it and do gibberish--but in this case they used actual deaf actors from a repertory group. This little touch and a very good plot really impressed me and made my entire family happy to see real deaf folks. However, very oddly, the episode was NOT closed captioned, so my deaf daughter was not able to watch the show with us! For shame, CBS video!

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