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The Danford File 

Joe Mannix is invited to the home of Arthur Danford by an old friend, Barney Edmonds, who is managing Danford's campaign for governor of Hawaii. Mannix recognizes Danford's wife, Laura, as ... See full summary »


Harry Harvey Jr.


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


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Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Richard Bradford ... Barney Edmonds
John Gavin ... Arthur Danford
Robert Reed ... Lt. Adam Tobias
Jessica Walter ... Laura Danford
Arlene Martel ... Brooke Maxwell Cornell
Elisabeth Fraser ... Belle Hogan
Milt Kamen Milt Kamen ... Roy Benson


Joe Mannix is invited to the home of Arthur Danford by an old friend, Barney Edmonds, who is managing Danford's campaign for governor of Hawaii. Mannix recognizes Danford's wife, Laura, as a woman who once had a shady past, which put her on the fringes of a mob killing. Laura confides to Mannix that she is being blackmailed by her old boyfriend, who is threatening to reveal her past life to destroy her husband's political career. Mannix offers to intercede with the blackmailer -- but as he tries to find the blackmailer, each person Mannix locates seems to meet with sudden death. Written by aldanoli

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The Danford house is the same as The Brady Bunch (1969) house. Robert Reed (Mike Brady) co-stars in this episode. See more »


Joe Mannix: Mrs. Cornell?
Brooke Maxwell Cornell: Hi. If you're Fluffy the Clown, you can change your costume right in that room. Oh, and you better hurry, because the kids will be here directly from school.
Joe Mannix: I'm afraid I'm not Fluffy.
Brooke Maxwell Cornell: Oh.
Joe Mannix: My name is Joe Mannix.
Brooke Maxwell Cornell: Well, you must have the wrong address. Oh, but while you're here, would you mind handing me that tape?
[gets the tape from a nearby table and hands it to Cornell]
Joe Mannix: There you are.
Brooke Maxwell Cornell: Thanks.
[places the tape]
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Pretty good...but there are a few bone-headed scenes that spoil an otherwise excellent episode.
11 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Danford File" is a decent episode. However, it also often illustrates a problem I've noticed more and more with the later "Mannix" episodes. After six seasons, the show is getting a bit sloppy--like they are coasting and not even trying very hard to make the episodes tight and logical. It's a shame, as otherwise it's pretty good.

When the show begins, an old army buddy* of Mannix has invited him to a fancy cocktail party. During this party he introduces Joe to Mr. and Mrs. Danford (John Gavin and Jessica Walter)--a power couple and possibly the next governor of Hawaii. However, as soon as Joe sees Mrs. Danford, he realizes he'd seen her a dozen years earlier on another case. Soon Mrs. Danford finds an excuse to meet with Joe privately and tells him she's being blackmailed and wants his help. It seems that long ago, she was a prostitute and someone who knows this has been pushing her to pay them hush money. Joe takes the case but soon everyone associated with Mrs. Danford is killed or nearly killed. What's going on here?!

Late in the show, Joe's trail leads to a woman who is preparing for a birthday party at her home for her 8 year-old and a bunch of other kids. Soon a killer attacks the lady and Joe draws his gun on the guy and tells him to put his hands up...but then Joe stands right next to the guy and the guy hits Joe and they struggle for the gun. That's really dumb as Joe is supposed to be a professional. What's dumber? The backyard is a cliff and the killer falls to his death when he and Mannix are fighting. What family lives with a cliff in their backyard and holds a party for kids only about five feet away?!?! Later, when Joe sees the killer, he doesn't draw his gun...even though the killer is brandishing his. Joe instead jumps on him from atop some crates. Perhaps this was because the killer was holding the gun on a why didn't Joe use his gun AFTER the woman got away?! Why didn't she or the other man do anything to help Joe as the two fought? And why did Joe continue NOT to use his gun to stop the guy?!?! Illogic like this make for a lot of big plot holes...and the show could have easily earned an 8 but instead gets a 5. Just a few simple changes in the script or direction would have made all the difference.

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11 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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