Mannix: Season 1, Episode 23

To Kill a Writer (9 Mar. 1968)

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A mystery writer finds a suicide note in his home -- supposedly written by himself. The author specializes in stories that are based on actual cases and he's working on a new novel taken ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Joseph Campanella ...
Dwight West
Dean Devlin
Larry D. Mann ...
Orlando Quinn
Felipe Montoya
Shirley Bonne ...
Nikki Jason
Patti Chandler ...
Julie West
David Fresco ...
Willie Lang
Art Lewis ...
Karl Lukas ...
K.L. Smith ...


A mystery writer finds a suicide note in his home -- supposedly written by himself. The author specializes in stories that are based on actual cases and he's working on a new novel taken from an unsolved murder. Mannix tries to protect the author, but the writer insists on trying to work on the case. This complicates things greatly for Mannix. In addition, Mannix must deal with a collection of shady characters as he tries to find the would-be killer. Written by Bill Koenig

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It's far from perfect bu enjoyable.
1 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have noticed throughout season one of "Mannix" that many of the supporting actors were also folks who appeared on the original "Star Trek" series. Now this is not at all surprising, as both were made by Desilu and, later, Paramount--so it's not at all unusual to see this. However, in "To Kill a Writer", it's a bit more unusual because two of the guest stars (Ted Cassidy and Michael Strong) BOTH appeared in the very same "Star Trek" show--"What Are Little Girls Made Of?". Additionally, while not a Trek veteran, you can see Paul Peterson (the son on "The Donna Reed Show") in a role as an obnoxious teen.

The plot of this show is a bit hard to believe and the answer to the mystery is a bit obvious, but it's still enjoyable. It begins with a VERY contrived plot--a mystery writer finds a suicide note..for himself! Well, he didn't write it and it obviously is intended as a threat. So, the writer (Strong) hires Mannix to find out who did it. However, this writer is a bit of an idiot--as he also thinks he can solve the mystery himself AND he frequently evaded Intertech handlers who were trying to protect him!! But despite this and other silly aspects of the show, it was a decent outing. And, once again, you can see Mannix get his head beaten in as well as seeing Cassidy (who also played 'Lurch' on "The Addams Family") get crushed!

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