Case Number 23193: Small Claims Court


Paramount // 1972 // 1234 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // January 25th, 2012

The Charge

Private eye. American icon.

The Case

Time for another heavy-duty dose of hard-boiled early '70s private detecting and dope hair. That's right: it's Mannix! Mike Connors is Joe Manix, the World's Busiest Small Business Owner. He is constantly drawn into juicy mysteries, most of which involve gunfights and scumbags. You'd think after five seasons of these adventures, Mannix would consider alternative employment, or at the very least pocket his no-doubt-generous-profits and retire to Saint Croix or something.

Wait a second...Who am I to question a badass like Mannix? A fat, pathetic, worthless weevil, that's who. I don't care how butch or macho you might consider yourself, Mannix will own you with his lantern jaw and towering coiffure. Supported by his enterprising executive assistant Peggy (Gail Fisher), Mannix takes the challenges served him and investigates the living hell out of them.

Mannix: The Sixth Season gives us six discs, 24 episodes, and over 20 hours worth of material, depending on your desire to indulge in some old-school network PI thrills. Obviously televised action/drama has changed in the four decades since Mannix was patrolling the mean streets, but that doesn't mean there isn't meat on these bones.

* "The Open Web"
* "Cry Silence"
* "The Crimson Halo"
* "Broken Mirror"
* "Portrait of a Hero"
* "The Inside Man"
* "To Kill a Memory"
* "The Upside-Down Penny"
* "One Step to Midnight"
* "Harvest of Death"
* "A Puzzle for One"
* "Lost Sunday"
* "See No Evil"
* "Light and Shadow"
* "A Game of Shadows"
* "The Man Who Wasn't There"
* "A Matter of Principle"
* "Out of the Night"
* "Carol Lockwood, Past Tense"
* "The Faces of Murder"
* "Search for a Whisper"
* "To Quote a Dead Man"
* "A Problem of Innocence"
* "The Danford File"

What it lacks in sound and fury, Mannix makes up for in plot-thick mysteries and a cavalcade of recognizable faces from the era (e.g. Dana Elcar, Jessica Walter, Robert Reed).

At the center of it all, Mike Connors cuts a strong presence. Yes, he wears terrifyingly ugly pants from time to time and (depending on the camera angle) strongly resembles your dad, but when the situation calls for it, he's more than willing to unsheathe his snub-nosed revolver and open fire.

Still, as trippy as it is to take a spin back in time and as well-executed the show may be, I'll have to admit that Mannix may never be able to rise above anything more than a pop culture relic.

The DVD presentation is lean and adequate. Thanks to the source material, the standard definition full frame presentation and Dolby 2.0 mono audio mix are locked in, but they're good enough to not distract from the antiquity of it all. No extras.

The Verdict

Not Guilty. Because Mannix demands it.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 80

Perp Profile
Studio: Paramount
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)

* English (SDH)

Running Time: 1234 Minutes
Release Year: 1972
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* None

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