Mannix (1967–1975)
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The Name Is Mannix 

In the series debut, individualist private detective Joe Mannix is working at a corporate agency. Company rules dictate only one piece of paper on a desk at a time; Mannix's desk is ... See full summary »


Leonard J. Horn


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




Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Joseph Campanella ... Lew Wickersham
Lloyd Nolan ... Sam Dubrio
Kim Hunter ... Louise Dubrio
John Colicos ... Eddie Lee Prentiss
Barbara Anderson ... Angela Dubrio
Bob Garrett Bob Garrett ... Chauffeur
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Helicopter Pilot (as Buzz Henry)
K.L. Smith K.L. Smith ... Sheriff Bevan
Morgan Jones ... Pender
Henry Wills ... Man with Sunglasses


In the series debut, individualist private detective Joe Mannix is working at a corporate agency. Company rules dictate only one piece of paper on a desk at a time; Mannix's desk is cluttered. Despite Mannix's disdain for the rules, the head of the agency, Lew Wickersham also knows Mannix "is my best man." Mannix is sent to investigate a missing person's case. The client is a retired mobster, who first tests Mannix. The detective is told the missing person, the mobster's daughter, is kidnapped. Mannix will encounter much treachery before learning the true facts of the case. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

16 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The helicopter (registration # N73959) seen during the opening credits and used during this episode is a Bell 47G-3B-1 serial #2830. The 47G is easily recognized in differing from its predecessors by its "saddle bag" style fuel tanks. See more »


At about 31 minutes the helicopter is not running, but then started up and was able to take off in a very short time allowing the escape. In reality, it would take quite a bit more time for the main rotor blades to get up to the proper speed, and Mannix would have had plenty of time to catch the pilot before the helicopter was ready to take off. See more »


Joe Mannix: Lew, we've been here before. I know you won't change the system. I know I won't change the system. It's logical. Can me.
Lew Wickersham: You're my best man!
Joe Mannix: I know.
Lew Wickersham: I know you know!
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The Name Is Mannix
8 September 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The pilot episode of Mannix is an odd mix of hi tech and hard boiled.

Mannix works for a soulless private investigations firm. The type with big corporate firms as clients and computers spitting out punch cards. Joe Mannix is more low tech, using his fists to do the talking, his desk is full of clutter but he is the best detective they have.

We are introduced to Mannix driving to the office while using an electric shaver. Try it out nowadays you will get a fine and some points on your licence.

Mannix is sent out to investigate the kidnapping of a mobster's stepdaughter. The mobster is charmless and Mannix discovers the case is more complex filled with skullduggery.

An effective opener, with mean looking bad guys, an helicopter chase sequence, a story with several twists. The photography tries to be modern with its use of close ups, reverse shots that sort of reflected the more psychedelic era 1960s.

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