Mannix (1967–1975)
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The Upside-Down Penny 

A young boy approaches Joe Mannix and offers him $1.85 to try to find a stamp album that the boy says he lost at an amusement arcade. After some investigation, Mannix believes the album ... See full summary »


Arthur Marks


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


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Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Frank Marth ... Harry Crawford
Patricia McAneny ... Jackie Miller
Stanley Kamel ... Gemini
Ike Eisenmann ... Kenny Brooks
Richard Bakalyan ... Eberle
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Vaughn Taylor ... Dealer
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Spieler (as Joe Perry)
Bartlett Robinson ... Lawrence Riley
Tom Stewart Tom Stewart ... Jimmy Cavanaugh
Johnny Silver ... Operator
Art Lewis ... Clerk
Judith Doty Judith Doty ... Mrs.Brooks


A young boy approaches Joe Mannix and offers him $1.85 to try to find a stamp album that the boy says he lost at an amusement arcade. After some investigation, Mannix believes the album might have been found by a street artist nicknamed Gemini whose girlfriend says he suddenly disappeared after talking about an "inheritance". Mannix' theory that Gemini found the album seems to be confirmed when Gemini tries to sell one stamp to a dealer - except that the stamp turns out to be worth thousands of dollars. Written by aldanoli

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stamp | stamp album | See All (2) »







Release Date:

5 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Joe Mannix: [escorting Kenny Brooks into his office] Okay, Kenny, now why don't you sit down right there, and we'll have a little talk. Now, just what's the case?
Kenny Brooks: I brought $1.85, and I get two more dollars on Saturday.
Joe Mannix: Now, wait a minute, uh, let's not worry about my fee until I know what the case is, okay?
Kenny Brooks: Okay. I want you to find my stamp book.
Joe Mannix: Your stamp book?
Kenny Brooks: My Uncle Jimmy gave it to me. He's not actually my uncle, I just call him that because he knew my father. My father's dead. Anyhow, he gave me ...
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Not much about this one makes sense.
22 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ike Eisenmann

"The Upside-Down Penny" is among the worst episodes of "Mannix" I have seen--and I have seen most. The problem is that the show's plot simply makes no sense and lots of plot holes exist that should have been eliminated.

When the show begins, a kid, Kenny (Ike Eisenmann) comes to Mannix to get him to help him find a stamp album. This is the second time a kid approaches Mannix--both seemed to be for very mundane reasons. After all, the kid never mentions that there are any stamps in the album-- and a new album would have probably cost about $10 back then! Yet, inexplicably, Mannix takes the case and expends a lot of effort to help Kenny. Now here's where it gets really dumb--folks start trying to kill the detective and all this for $1.85 that the kid offered him. Any sane person would have quite the case. They also would have questioned WHAT was inside the album...but for a while no one seems to question any of this...duh. Later, you learn that some SUPER-valuable stamps were inside. Why, then, would the uncle entrust such expensive things to a tiny kid?!?!

The bottom line is that this show is very contrived and difficult to believe--making it more a chore to watch than anything else.

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