Mannix (1967–1975)
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Eye witnesses saw policeman Al Reardon commit murder. He hires Joe to prove it was a frame-up, but can't seem to get his story straight.


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




Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Claude Akins ... Sgt. Al Reardon
Marj Dusay ... Helen Layton
Dennis Patrick ... Frankie West
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy ... Jenny Dobbs
Dennis Redfield ... Dennis Hicks
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Ellis Varko
Joan Shawlee ... (Annie) Duchess
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Jeanne Bates ... Mary Reardon
Bill McLean ... Aaron Coolie
Robert Swan Robert Swan ... Nick Briscoe
Robert Ruth Robert Ruth ... Denby
Vincent Barbi Vincent Barbi ... Bartender (as Vince Barbi)


Eye witnesses saw policeman Al Reardon commit murder. He hires Joe to prove it was a frame-up, but can't seem to get his story straight.

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Release Date:

3 March 1974 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Joe and Helen Layton are the lake with the two thugs, the portion of Helen's jeans right around and below her knees are already muddy before she actually kneels down into the mud, so obviously several takes of this scene had been done before this one without having the woman change her jeans in between takes. See more »


Helen Layton: I'm glad you made it here so soon.
Joe Mannix: Yeah, I really enjoyed that song.
Helen Layton: Thank you.
Joe Mannix: But I must admit, I had an ulterior motive in coming.
Helen Layton: Oh?
Joe Mannix: Have you given any more thought to what happened last night?
Helen Layton: Well, I didn't get to sleep until about 4:00 this morning, thinking about it.
Joe Mannix: Helen, you said you couldn't swear that Sergeant Reardon was the man.
Helen Layton: No.
Joe Mannix: Could you swear he wasn't?
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Someone besides Joe has a concussion?
11 October 2017 | by steelblue55See all my reviews

Agree with the other two reviewers on the merits of this one. Although there are plenty of hints it's not over when it might be, it keeps the twists going as it continues. It also features one of the funniest lines in the series. At the lake scene Joe is fighting with a guy and they punch back and forth and then when he grabs Joe he gets his arm twisted and thrown over to land in a couple of feet of water. Other things happen then to end the fight, and his buddy comes over and says are you okay, and he says something like "Yeah, but I got a concussion".

Did the writers put that in as an inside joke? By now Joe has been knocked out 187 times and hit over the head an addition 243 times and has never shown any signs of wear. This guy gets thrown into shallow water and gets a concussion!!!! Hilarious....

Read some of "Planktonrules"'s well written reviews and he mentions the concussion issue in a number of reviews, so was pretty surprised that he did not comment on it this time!!

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