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The weekly adventures of private detective Joe Mannix in Los Angeles. At his side is his faithful assistant Peggy Fair. Hard-boiled and gritty, Mannix dished out justice outside the law for his clients.
This is another highly recommended season. More action, unique plots, great soundtrack and the wonderful presence of Peggy Fair (Gail Fisher). MANNIX's work as a private detective is very exciting and he becomes a man of great good sense, honor, justice and a nice sense of humor. This is is a great TV production. Unfortunately, there is no more productions that can attain the high level of quality that MANNIX reached. Vulgar language, low instincts, nudity and sexual exposure are not found here. There was enough quality in the plots with good camera shots, healthy actors and actresses, and general good humor. No need to display nudity or vulgarity to attract audience. We need more than ever that kind of production in these days of unfortunate loss of creativity. In a simple comparison, while McGarret does not relax in his arduous struggle with crime and shows almost no sense of humor, MANNIX works with the same seriousness, but in a more flexible way, demonstrating humor in unexpected situations. I could say, while the role of McGarret evolves in Hawaii Five-0 as the same intensity of a military march, MANNIX evolves as a great piece of jazz, sometimes developing the main theme with lots of control, sometimes allowing moments of inspired improvisation. Keep them coming, please.
"There's an old Armenian proverb: the man works best who works alone." --Private Eye Joe Mannix from "The Color of Murder".
Los Angeles cop characters from the Homicide Division return: Lt. Ira Deegan (actor Dane Clark in "A Ticket to the Eclipse", "With Intent to Kill") Lt. Adam Tobias (actor Robert Reed in "One for the Lady", "Duet for Three", "The Crime That wasn't", "A Day Filled with Shadows", "Voices in the Dark") Lt. Art Malcom (actor Ward Wood in "Time Out of Mind", "Figures in the Landscape", "The Mouse That Died", "The Other Game in Town", "Sunburst", "To Cage a Seagull", "Déjà Vu", "With Intent to Kill" , "The Color of Murder", "Overkill") Lt. Mitch Webster (Jerry Douglas in "The World Between", "Round Trip to Nowhere") Lt. George Kramer (actor Larry Linville in "Bang, Bang, You're Dead") Lt. Maurie Strauss (actor Milton Selzer in "What Happened to Sunday?")
One have a country cop as Chief of Police Carl Yaring (actor Robert Lansing in "The Judas Touch") or no guest cop as "The Lost Art of Dying", "A Gathering of Ghosts", "Shadow Play". A whole episode ("With Intent to Kill") is dedicated to the tough-as-nails Lt. Deegan in which Mannix is hired by his wife to spy on his activities related to a robbery and it even features Lt. Malcom.
After the season 2 "End Game", find another fine plot about a Korean War veteran with a revenge: "A Ticket to the Eclipse", directed by John Moxey (see "Kolchak: The Night Stalker") and guest starring Darren McGavin (see "Kolchak: The Night Stalker") as long hair Karate teacher Mark training kids who behaves as weirdo Max Cady from "Cape Fear" (1962); pay attention to the hectic swimming pool fight that shows laughing Mark warning Mannix: "Hey Lieutenant! You blew it!Read more ›
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THis is one more great show, great season. And The Acting is AAAA all the way. THis is when the TV shows were worth watching . Not like the trash that is on TV now. If you want to watch a real TV show. With good acting and more! This is it!!
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POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD: Well worth the buy. Season 4 shows off Mike Connor's acting skills much more. I love the unabashed 'maleness'. I love that the women wore short skirts and were very feminine. Guys were guys and girls were girls. Not politically correct today, I know, but hey, IT'S MANNIX! (And just for the record, I'm a woman). There is action, good story lines. The producers were getting a little more liberal in what you see (hanging bodies, illicit affairs). God, that man gets bonked on the head more times!! But still, done in a way that the entire family can watch. Mannix had class! I have 2 disappointments. Somewhere in these releases I would like to see a tribute to Gail Fisher. Even in the Season 1 dvd Mike Connors barely mentions her. I find that very odd since she was integral to the series' success. And in that vein, Gail Fisher was hardly in this season except for a couple of episodes where she was key to the plot. In the rest she is kind of like window dressing. That was disappointing to me because when I think of Mannix, I think of Joe AND Peggy. The first episode is truly wonderful (Darren McGavin is unbelievably chilling here). My personal favorite. I thought it was setting the tone for their relationship. I mean, there was barely (if any) interracial stuff on TV then but they came mighty close in setting the tone for that here. A lot of verbal and physical nuances that showed their closeness. That last shot of episode 1 says it all. So I was thinking her role would be expanded. Nope. NOT in relationship to a romance with Joe, but just showing more of her. Nope. But he does send very flirtatious signals (in true Joe Mannix manner) to another African American actress (and rightly so...she was gorgeous) in one of the episodes here. So they were trying to set a tone.Read more ›