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"Mannix" To Save a Dead Man (1971)

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15 December 1971 (Season 5, Episode 14)
A dying man stumbles into a church and tells a young nun that he was responsible for sending an innocent man to prison... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix

Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Jeremy Slate ... Ted Kilgore

Brooke Bundy ... Sister Meg Costello
Arthur Franz ... Father Vale
Robert Mandan ... Ed Noble
Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm

Leonard Stone ... Lyle Grandt

Melendy Britt ... Adrianne Linholm
Maggie Malooly ... Kay Kilgore (Real)
Barbara Baldavin ... Kay Kilgore (Imposter)
Emily Banks ... Alyce Taggart
James McCallion ... Al Murphy

Adam Williams ... Prosecutor
Peter Brocco ... C.W. Taggart
Martin Ashe ... Dr. Lamson

Ron Nyman ... Officer
Richard Karie ... Pilot

Episode Crew
Directed by
Paul Krasny 
Writing credits
Richard Levinson (created by) and
William Link (created by)

Bruce Geller (developed by)

Donn Mullally  teleplay

Produced by
Bruce Geller .... executive producer
Ivan Goff .... producer
Ben Roberts .... producer
Series Cast
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Robert Reed ... Lt. Adam Tobias

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bruce Geller  developed by
Richard Levinson  creator
William Link  creator

Film Editing by
Robert Watts 
Production Management
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John M. Poer .... first assistant director (1974)
John M. Poer .... second assistant director (1972-73) (1973-74)
Barry Stern .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jim Bullock .... sound editor
May Boss .... stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunts
Lee Faulkner .... stunts
Hal Needham .... stunts
George Orrison .... stunts
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts
Other crew
George Barris .... car customizer: Mannix Roadster
Jane Ficker .... script supervisor
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

C.W Taggart is seen onscreen only as a shadow, although pictures of him are shown earlier. This may be because the person on the rocking horse is not Ted Brocco but rather a stuntwoman about his size, although Brocco provides C. W. Taggart's voice. The story structure clearly indicates that Mannix is supposed to be seeing Taggart himself at the end of the show.See more »
C.W. Taggart:Is that you, Uncle? Who is that with you? Do they wanna play with me?See more »


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Someone has already plead guilty for how can Mannix STILL have a case?, 27 January 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This episode begins with a drunk having an accident. He crawls into a nearby Catholic church looking for a priest to hear his dying confession. However, only a nun is there and so he tells her that he helped convict an innocent many and it's been weighing on his conscience--but before he can say more, he dies. The priest and nun from the parish call in Mannix to look into Al Murphy's claim that he made before he died. The problem, however, is that after doing some digging, he learns that Murphy had testified in a case years ago-- but the man he testified against plead guilty! But there is a chance the man in prison is lying and he didn't kill anyone--as there is an interesting paper trail. Additionally, lots of folks start behaving as if there is a conspiracy--especially when they force him off the road! Eventually the trail leads towards a super- rich guy named Taggert-- a man who is obviously modeled after Howard Hughes considering that the man hasn't been seen in many years. What exactly IS going on here?!

This is an interesting and complicated plot. Aside from folks trying to kill Mannix (when ISN'T this happening?!), it's all pretty fresh and interesting...and worth seeing.

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