Mannix (1967–1975)
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Tom Fortune, the rising young scion of a mobster family, tries to hire Mannix to shadow his wife, whom he suspects of being unfaithful, when Fortune is gunned down. Fortune's family members... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Barry Sullivan ... Victor Fortune
Corinne Camacho ... Maria Fortune
Joseph Hindy ... Mark Fortune
John Colicos ... Duke Benedict
Pat Renella Pat Renella ... Braden
Richard Devon ... Lee Martisse
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Tony Young ... Tom Fortune
Ron Nyman ... Chauffeur


Tom Fortune, the rising young scion of a mobster family, tries to hire Mannix to shadow his wife, whom he suspects of being unfaithful, when Fortune is gunned down. Fortune's family members, especially his father, suspect that Mannix set up Tom for the ambush -- suspicions that are enhanced when Tom Fortune's widow is spotted leaving Mannix' office. Written by aldanoli

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Release Date:

26 January 1972 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The music that Duke Benedict is playing when Joe enters his basement to talk to him is the same music from the music class in Mannix: Edge of the Knife (1968). See more »


Duke Benedict: I'm having a little problem, Mannix. You seem to be a part of it.
Joe Mannix: I was going to say the same thing about you, Duke.
Duke Benedict: You were there when Tom Fortune got hit. Tell me what happened.
Joe Mannix: You read the newspaper account, didn't you? That's the way it was.
Duke Benedict: Yeah, well, I had the impression there was more to it.
Joe Mannix: Like what?
Duke Benedict: Oh, I don't know. Just a feeling, a something between the lines that maybe the man that pulled the trigger was a friend of mine.
Joe Mannix: Come on, what kind of a cute game are you playing, Duke?...
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Really good except for the physics at the end...
18 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the episode begins, Tom Fortune has asked Mannix to meet him in some warehouse to talk about hiring him for a case. However, Mannix is clear--he wants nothing to do with Fortune because of his family and their mob connections. Tom insists--saying that he only wants Mannix to follow his wife to see if she's being unfaithful and with whom. Well, before they can say anything more, a gunman kills Fortune and escapes.

When the police arrive, Mannix tells Lt. Malcolm all about the meeting. Soon, Tom Fortune's mobster father (Barry Sullivan) arrives with his other son and daughter-in-law. However, Mannix omits the unfaithful wife bit from his story because presumably he doesn't want to see the wife get killed--especially since she might be innocent of any wrongdoing.

Soon the mobster father sends out his muscle to grill Mannix. They reason that there's more to the story and Mannix might be responsible for the murder in some way. At the same town, the mob boss' rival (John Colicos) starts muscling Mannix because he wants him to relay the message that he is NOT responsible for the murder. With Mannix in the middle, is there any way for him to avoid getting squashed?!

This is an exciting episode with some nice twists and Mannix NOT getting knocked out or drive off the road (standard clichés on this show). However, I did laugh at the end where the guy in the wheelchair was shot. His chair flew over sideways due to the impact--though the physics of this are ridiculous. He would have slumped or perhaps fallen out of the chair. The force could not have made the chair fly over sideways! Not a huge mistake, nor is some of the use of stunt doubles (it's pretty obviously NOT Mannix in one scene).

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