Mannix: Sixth Season
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For those who are un-initiated to "Mannix," remember it only from its first run, or were exposed to it only in butchered re-runs, here is a brief overview.
"Mannix" is one of a class of shows produced by Desulu in the late 60's -- in fact, it was the last show produced by that studio. Its closest peers are "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible," the latter of which had the same executive producer. As a result, you actually see many of the same actors, settings and props in all three shows -- and in the closing credits, some of the same names. But, while "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible" went on to spawn movies and re-makes, "Mannix" stands on its original episodes.
This makes perfect sense to "Mannix" fans, because the show was not a formula show. It is not easy, and perhaps not possible, to distill what Mannix was about to a few lines, and so bring in a bunch of different actors to re-do some concept. "Mannix" was a character study. It evolved more than it was designed.
"Mannix" has been described as a PI show, formed out of the desire to bring back something of the film noir era, actually inspired in part by the movie "Harper" which starred Paul Newman. As a result, it has often been cited as the first of a long line of cop shows in the same genre, and especially PI shows like "The Rockford Files," "Harry O," and "Magnum PI." But, "Mannix" fans know that the show was so much more than that.Read more ›
"In my family, coffee this weak is only for women and children."
--P.I. Joe Mannix to Sam Maturian about his coffee in "Harvest of Death".
POLICE FORCES NOTES
Los Angeles cop characters from the Homicide Division return and Lt. Art Malcom (actor Ward Wood) appears in all episodes except in:
* "The Crimson Halo" and "To Kill a Memory" with no guest cop
* "Portrait of a Hero", "The Inside Man", "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Danford File" with Lt. Adam Tobias (actor Robert Reed)
* "A Puzzle for One" and "A Game of Shadow" with Lt. Dan Ives (actor Jack Ging)
* "The Man Who Wasn't There" with Detective Gifford (actor Tom Hallick) and Lt. Dean (actor Bart LaRue)
* "Out of the Night" with Narc officer Charley Hager (actor Leonard Stone) and Vice Squad officer O'Fallon (actor Paul Piscerni)
Lt. Art Malcolm is rescued by a police colleague in:
* "The Open Web" with Lt. Paul Haber (actor Eddie Egan who was a real-life cop that inspired the Popeye Doyle character of "The French Connection")
Local cop characters also return in:
* "Harvest of Death" with Sheriff Simkins (actor Henry Beckman)
* "Lost Sunday" with an un-named Sheriff (actor Kevin Hagen)
Private investigators step into the game in:
* "A Game of Shadow" with Jerry Kane (actor Alan Bergmann)
* "The Faces of Murder" with Mel Faber (actor Woodrow Parfrey)
* "Search For a Whisper" with Albie (actor Milton Selzer)
BEST CASES NOTES (in broadcast order)
* "The Open Web" (guest starring Rip Torn, John McLiam and Bruce Watson) in which psycho hitman Victor Roarke fails to shoot down Mannix at his office and, later on, abducts Lt. Malcom with the help of three henchmen wearing police uniforms to get a ransom and a jet.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as much "action" in this season, but it did not disappoint. I've said before, Mike Connors is tremendous in the role of Joe Mannix.Published 3 months ago by Gail Page
terrific old series with lots of turns and suspense similar to the later series of Magnum PIPublished 10 months ago by Douglas Scott
Super series with good acting and a top rate performance from Mike Conners, this series has stood the test of time, don't make em like this anymorePublished 13 months ago by J R Collins
Loved Mannix then and love it now quality of tapes are excellent and nice to be able to watch these shows again in my 50's!Published 19 months ago by Mike
Better than the first time and also brings back good memories. A must for Mannix fans. Add to your collection.Published 21 months ago by gerald
I wish Mike Connors luck against CBS and gets his royalties before he kicks the bucket! Then he can really go down as a detective...Classic! Read morePublished 22 months ago by doctorspock
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