Mannix (1967–1975)
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Portrait in Blues 

A pair of musicians are performing their act when one of them is almost electrocuted. Mannix is hired to look into the matter. But the detective faces twists almost immediately. For ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Larry Storch ... Wing Dobson
Robyn Millan ... Susan McAndrew
Kim Milford ... Chris Lockwood
Bruce Scott Bruce Scott ... Danny Shepard
Barry Gordon ... Todd Corvin
James Greene ... David Walcott
William Sargent William Sargent ... Dr. Galloway
Stanley Adams ... Alby
Stacy Keach Sr. ... Electrician
Gail Bryant Gail Bryant ... Jane Peterson (as Gail Bryant Cameron)
Bill Junior Campbell Bill Junior Campbell ... Little Lamb (as Bill 'Junior' Campbell)
Duffy Hambleton Duffy Hambleton ... Hit Man


A pair of musicians are performing their act when one of them is almost electrocuted. Mannix is hired to look into the matter. But the detective faces twists almost immediately. For starters, the woman who hired Mannix isn't who she said she was. Mannix also needs to act fast before another attempt on the musician's life is made. Written by Bill Koenig

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22 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Barry Gordon voiced Donatello on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987). See more »


Joe Mannix: Uh, Chris Lockwood.
Chris Lockwood: Yeah.
Joe Mannix: The name is Joe Mannix. I'm a private investigator.
Chris Lockwood: Hey, what is this?
Joe Mannix: I've been hired to investigate your accident on the theory that someone wants you dead.
Chris Lockwood: You mean maybe somebody set it up?
Joe Mannix: Maybe.
Chris Lockwood: You got to be putting me on.
Danny Shepard: Hey, listen to the man, Chris.
Wing Dobson: Chris, he's right. Listen to the man.
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Love Means
Written by Kim Milford
Performed by Bruce Scott and Kim Milford
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I hope the rest of season 8 isn't THIS painful!
16 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the first episode of the last season of "Mannix" and you'd assume they'd do their very best. Well, you'd be wrong. In fact, "Portrait in Blues" is just awful...and show that Mannix himself just isn't as hip and relevant as he'd hoped he was...though they sure try hard to make him seem young and relevant to youngsters.

The episode is all about a pop/rock duo who are doing just great...apart from the attempts on the life of Chris! Oddly, he just keeps laughing it all off...even when it soon is obvious that someone is definitely trying to kill him. Fortunately, Mannix is there to figure out which of the mostly cartoonish friends and enemies might be behind all this.

Where do I begin? The episode is jam-packed full of music...and clearly serves as filler. This is because the story itself if very weak and, at times, painful to watch. Don't say I didn't warn you about this one!

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