Mannix (1967–1975)
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The Color of Murder 

A somewhat ditsy heiress named Cindy Conrad comes by Mannix' office one evening, complaining that a mysterious woman has been phoning her to offer important information about the death of ... See full summary »


Barry Crane


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Diane Keaton ... Cindy Conrad
Karen Ericson ... Thelma Wilkins (as Karen Huston)
John McLiam ... Frank Blaney
John Lupton ... R.B. Thompson
Thomas A. Geas Thomas A. Geas ... Sweater (as Tom Geas)
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Virginia Gregg ... Jenny Loman
James McCallion ... Sam
Pepper Martin ... Herb Roebuck
David Westberg ... Roger
Jo de Winter Jo de Winter ... Miss Dee (as Jo De Winter)
Johnny Haymer ... Jerry
John Sebastian ... Vegas Thug


A somewhat ditsy heiress named Cindy Conrad comes by Mannix' office one evening, complaining that a mysterious woman has been phoning her to offer important information about the death of Conrad's father several years before. Mannix correctly guesses that the caller wants a large sum of money to provide the information. He tries to convince Conrad to ignore the calls -- but he begins to believe that something is wrong when someone takes a shot at them as he is escorting Conrad to her car. Written by aldanoli

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27 February 1971 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The location where Mannix met up with Cindy in the final act was a warehouse full of studio lighting equipment. Most likely the storage facility for Paramount's lighting gear. See more »


After Thelma Wilkins leaves Mannix' office, she is shown driving down a street where she passes an intersection with a sign prominently advertising the "Shaver Clinic." The shot changes to a closeup of her in her car noticing that two men are following her, then an exterior shot shows her driving passed that same intersection with the same clinic sign, traveling in the same direction, before she executes an evasive maneuver. See more »

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10 February 2018 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

The Color Of Murder is a decent Mannix episode featuring an excellent guest starring cast, including Diane Keaton, John Lupton, Virginia Gregg and Johnny Haymer. The hook, which is a young woman being harassed by a mysterious female caller who claims that her late politician father, murdered several years earlier, was killed by some unknown person, and that there's a Big Reveal behind it all. The plot is convoluted, as was often the case with this series, with nearly the guest players suspects one degree or another.

This is far from the best Mannix I've seen but it's above average to very good in its parts more than as a whole. The big picture, which offers some tantalizing glimpses into how the Mob operates in L.A., the way political figures are often linked to unscrupulous people, feels about right. There's an almost laid back, unflashy knowingness to not only this episode but all the better Mannix entries that I've seen that contribute to it being, overall, not only a very good detective series but also a classy one.

The twists and turns of the plot of The Color Of Murder are mostly just that. They're there to keep the viewer watching and guessing. There must be an aesthetic (of sorts) behind all this that all good crime and mystery writers love, honor and obey, as if it were an marriage. If there's a downside to this particular episode it's that there's little in the way of empathy for or among its various characters. Mannix (and his secretary) are or appear to be the only two unambiguously decent, ethical human beings around, which ramps up the danger level a good deal, and holds the viewer's attention.

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