Mannix (1967–1975)
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Skid Marks on a Dry Run 

A potential candidate for governor, a successful businessman employs Intertect to probe his background. His rationale: he wants to see if the detective agency can turn up any dirt that ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Joseph Campanella ... Lew Wickersham
Charles Drake ... Adam Pierson
Marian McCargo ... Martha Pierson (as Marian Moses)
Elisabeth Fraser ... Beverly Renick Cortina
Wende Wagner ... Miss Ellis
Vincent Gardenia ... Eddie Cortina
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Tony
Herbie Faye ... Hustler
Gene Rutherford ... Owney
Art Lewis ... Hayden (as Artie Lewis)
Morgan Jones ... Pender
Leonard Yorr Leonard Yorr ... Max
Jonathan Kidd Jonathan Kidd ... Target Range Operator


A potential candidate for governor, a successful businessman employs Intertect to probe his background. His rationale: he wants to see if the detective agency can turn up any dirt that could be used by political opponents. If Intertect can't find any, he reasons his political opponents wouldn't be able to do so, either. Mannix follows his own leads while his Intertect colleagues probe the obvious. As Mannix's investigation progresses, people he has interviewed turn up dead. It turns out the candidate is part of the Syndicate and even sits on its council. Now, Mannix may be the next person on the hit list. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

23 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vic Perrin who appears here as Tony is also the "control voice" for The Outer Limits (1963). See more »


Remade as Mannix: Search for a Whisper (1973) See more »

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Another very tough episode of "Mannix"
8 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was never a fan of "Mannix" growing up simply because I was too young to watch the show or remember it very well. However, because it was produced by Bruce Geller (the who made "Mission: Impossible" such a great TV show), I thought it was worth seeing now that it's out on DVD.

"Skid Marks on a Dry Run" is the second episode of the series--appearing just after the pilot was aired back in 1967. It is a VERY unusual case--Adam Pierson (Charles Drake) wants a detective to search his background and determine if there's anything his enemies can use against him if he runs for office!

While this would make it sound like Pierson might be a very honest man, it turns out he isn't. In fact, he's a real bad man--and is a big-wig with the Syndicate! The problem is, now that Mannix has uncovered it, will Pierson let him live?! After all, everyone who talks to Mannix soon ends up dead!! While the plot of "Skis Marks on a Dry Run" may be awfully unbelievable, it is exciting and enjoyable to watch. It's also gritty and tough--very tough. In one scene, Mannix threatens to beat some info out of one woman and a moment later slugs her. Believe me, she DOES have it coming--but it's also something pretty shocking for 60s TV. I, for one, liked it--and loved the gritty almost film noir sort of edge to the story. Well worth seeing and it's nice to see that the second episode is almost as good as the first--and the first was terrific!

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