Mannix (1967–1975)
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A hit man shoots his victim, a notorious crime boss, from a sniper's perch, but moments later can find no body where the man fell. Unable to convince the men who hired him that the crime ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Krasny

Writers:

Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
John Hillerman ... Norman Thompson
Robert Symonds ... Robert Ingram
Paul Mantee ... Wayborn
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Hope 'Angel' Campbell (as Mary Wilcox)
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Eddie Quillan ... Willie
Susan Mullen ... Receptionist (as Sue Mullen)
Ron Nyman ... Sergeant Charley
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A hit man shoots his victim, a notorious crime boss, from a sniper's perch, but moments later can find no body where the man fell. Unable to convince the men who hired him that the crime boss is actually dead, he concocts a story about being a witness to a shooting and hires Joe Mannix to investigate whether a man really was killed that night, and if not, what happened to him. Written by aldanoli

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1975 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Last episode in which Gail Fisher appears. See more »

Goofs

When Mannix was chasing the motorcycle in the dirt the hood of his car was ajar, but when he lost the motorcyclist and was stopped the hood was fully closed. See more »

Quotes

Joe Mannix: [Norman Thompson enters Joe's office] Mr. Thompson.
Norman Thompson: Uh, th-thank you for seeing me, Mr. Mannix.
Joe Mannix: Please, sit down.
Norman Thompson: Oh, uh, thank you. I, uh...
[chuckles]
Norman Thompson: I don't quite know, uh, wh-where to begin. I...
Joe Mannix: Well, now, just take your time. What seems to be bothering you?
Norman Thompson: Well, it-it's something that I saw the night before last, or at least I'm... I'm pretty sure I saw it.
Joe Mannix: What's that?
Norman Thompson: A man shot.
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John Hillerman...hitman?!
24 September 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I like the casting of John Hillerman in this episode of "Mannix". He plays an assassin...and a cold and capable one...a far cry from his more patrician roles on "Magnum PI" and "A Very Brady Sequel".

The show begins with Norman Thompson (Hillerman) making a hit with a high powered rifle. However, although you see him make a head shot on his victim, later he's told that the man was NOT killed and was okay...and Thompson's employers are mad and seem like the sorts who might kill him because they think he failed. Oddly, to prove he was NOT mistaken, he approaches Mannix to find the body....but of course he won't tell Mannix he killed the guy. Instead, he pretends to be a nice guy who witnessed the shooting but doesn't know what to do because the body went missing. Will Mannix find the body AND will he realize that his client is a liar?

Having Mannix being hired by a lying client is nothing new. Heck, the previous episode ("Design for Dying") had such a plot. But fortunately, this one is a lot better (it couldn't be much worse)....and it all is about an Angel. Well worth seeing.


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