Mannix (1967–1975)
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To Save a Dead Man 

Mannix tries to help a nun who took a dying man's confession that he let an innocent man go to prison for murder, but finds the inmate insisting he is guilty.


Paul Krasny


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Jeremy Slate ... Ted Kilgore
Brooke Bundy ... Sister Meg Costello
Arthur Franz ... Father Vale
Robert Mandan ... Ed Noble
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Leonard Stone ... Lyle Grandt
Melendy Britt ... Adrianne Linholm
Maggie Malooly Maggie Malooly ... Kay Kilgore (Real)
Barbara Baldavin Barbara Baldavin ... Kay Kilgore (Imposter)
Emily Banks ... Alyce Taggart
James McCallion ... Al Murphy
Adam Williams ... Prosecutor
Peter Brocco ... C.W. Taggart


A dying man stumbles into a church and tells a young nun that he was responsible for sending an innocent man to prison. Her parish priest asks Joe Mannix, an old friend, to find out who the dead man was referring to. Mannix discovers that the dead man was a witness in a murder trial several years before -- but the man in prison, and his former attorney, steadfastly insist he was guilty. Mannix reluctantly begins to accept this, too -- until several attempts are made to convince him to stop investigating the case. Written by aldanoli

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Release Date:

15 December 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 same car chase footage resulting in Mannix being run off the road and down an embankment was previously used in Mannix: The Glass Trap (1971). See more »


As Mannix was going down the embankment after being forced off the road, looking from the inside of his car the hood was tan with no hood scoops. But Mannix's car is dark green with hood scoops. See more »


Sister Meg Costello: [she and Father Vale are sitting in Joe's office, talking to him about the man who visited her before he died] I told Father Fain that I had to do something. That poor dying man haunts me. He was trying to erase his sin against this other man- an innocent man that he had put in prison. With his last dying breath, he was trying to tell me the man's name.
Father Vale: What do you think, Joe?
Joe Mannix: I don't know. It's not going to to be easy to find the man. I mean, I've never talked to a convict who wasn't innocent.
Sister Meg Costello: ...
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Edited from Mannix: The Glass Trap (1971) See more »

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Someone has already plead guilty for how can Mannix STILL have a case?
27 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode begins with a drunk having an accident. He crawls into a nearby Catholic church looking for a priest to hear his dying confession. However, only a nun is there and so he tells her that he helped convict an innocent many and it's been weighing on his conscience--but before he can say more, he dies. The priest and nun from the parish call in Mannix to look into Al Murphy's claim that he made before he died. The problem, however, is that after doing some digging, he learns that Murphy had testified in a case years ago-- but the man he testified against plead guilty! But there is a chance the man in prison is lying and he didn't kill anyone--as there is an interesting paper trail. Additionally, lots of folks start behaving as if there is a conspiracy--especially when they force him off the road! Eventually the trail leads towards a super- rich guy named Taggert-- a man who is obviously modeled after Howard Hughes considering that the man hasn't been seen in many years. What exactly IS going on here?!

This is an interesting and complicated plot. Aside from folks trying to kill Mannix (when ISN'T this happening?!), it's all pretty fresh and interesting...and worth seeing.

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