Mannix: Season 6, Episode 8

The Upside-Down Penny (5 Nov. 1972)

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A young boy approaches Joe Mannix and offers him $1.85 to try to find a stamp album that the boy says he lost at an amusement arcade. After some investigation, Mannix believes the album ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bakalyan ...
Judith Doty ...
Kenny Brooks
John 'Gemini' Boling
Art Lewis ...
Frank Marth ...
Henry Crawford
Patricia McAneny ...
Jackie Miller
Joseph V. Perry ...
Spieler (as Joseph Perry)
Bartlett Robinson ...
Tom Stewart ...
Jimmy Cavanaugh
Ward Wood ...


A young boy approaches Joe Mannix and offers him $1.85 to try to find a stamp album that the boy says he lost at an amusement arcade. After some investigation, Mannix believes the album might have been found by a street artist nicknamed Gemini whose girlfriend says he suddenly disappeared after talking about an "inheritance". Mannix' theory that Gemini found the album seems to be confirmed when Gemini tries to sell one stamp to a dealer - except that the stamp turns out to be worth thousands of dollars. Written by aldanoli

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22 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ike Eisenmann

"The Upside-Down Penny" is among the worst episodes of "Mannix" I have seen--and I have seen most. The problem is that the show's plot simply makes no sense and lots of plot holes exist that should have been eliminated.

When the show begins, a kid, Kenny (Ike Eisenmann) comes to Mannix to get him to help him find a stamp album. This is the second time a kid approaches Mannix--both seemed to be for very mundane reasons. After all, the kid never mentions that there are any stamps in the album-- and a new album would have probably cost about $10 back then! Yet, inexplicably, Mannix takes the case and expends a lot of effort to help Kenny. Now here's where it gets really dumb--folks start trying to kill the detective and all this for $1.85 that the kid offered him. Any sane person would have quite the case. They also would have questioned WHAT was inside the album...but for a while no one seems to question any of this...duh. Later, you learn that some SUPER-valuable stamps were inside. Why, then, would the uncle entrust such expensive things to a tiny kid?!?!

The bottom line is that this show is very contrived and difficult to believe--making it more a chore to watch than anything else.

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