Mannix (1967–1975)
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Mannix has taken up a new hobby, amateur auto racing. While participating in a race, another racer is killed when his car seems to lose control and goes over an embankment. The widow of the... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
... Joe Mannix
... Peggy Fair
... Ellen Kovak
... Mac Wagner
... Hal Murdock
... Frank Abbott
... Albie Loos
... Maureen McGill
... Barbara West
... Roger Kittridge
Stuart Nisbet ... Ryan
... Janitor
... Ed Kovak


Mannix has taken up a new hobby, amateur auto racing. While participating in a race, another racer is killed when his car seems to lose control and goes over an embankment. The widow of the dead racer contacts Mannix, wanting him to investigate, believing the death was a homicide. As Mannix proceeds, it's clear federal authorities have much more interest in what seems like a routine case. Written by Bill Koenig

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19 October 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode is the source of several scenes used in the opening credits of the show - the sequence where a race car engulfed in flames goes over an embankment, and a three-part shot shown on a split-screen, of Mannix driving a race car along with scenes of the vehicles during the race. See more »


During the initial race, one of the times they switch to the in-car view, yellow marker lines are seen, as on a public road. There are no other cars so apparently this is the lead car they are showing. When they switch back to the group view looking back at the lead pack the road is the race course, wider and with no yellow line markers in view. See more »


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Yet another exciting installment of "Mannix".
10 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Jill Ireland, Nick Colasanto (much heavier), Hugh Beaumont Herb Alpert music at 37 minutes? bullfight lady interesting use of forensics

During the introduction to the show "Mannix", you see lots of clips from various episodes. Some show his driving race cars and finally you hear a mention of this hobby in this particular show. The show begins with a man getting killed in a race in which Mannix is participating. The grieving widow, however, thinks something hinky is happening--and the death was NOT an accident. When Mannix digs deeper, he learns that the dead man worked on a secret government project AND he had a lady friend on the side who kept taking trips to Mexico. What gives? Well, the trail leads to espionage and a secret--a really big secret.

This episode has some interesting guest appearances. One, Nick Colasanto, is interesting because Colasanto looked VERY different from his later appearances as 'Coach' on "Cheers". He's MUCH heavier and the weight loss could have been due to his heart problems that killed him partway through the series. Also, you'll see Hugh Beaumont (of "Leave it to Beaver" fame) and Jill Ireland as the grieving widow. Another possible cameo is the use of what sounded like some Herb Alpert music at the 37th minute of the show.

So is it any good? Of course. Although I've only seen the first season and part of the second, every episode seems very well written, is full of nice action and are all very enjoyable. This one is quite exciting and the plot has some nice twists. All in all, a very worthy addition to the series.

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