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Mannix - Season 1

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Mannix - Season 1
DVD cover
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Channel CBS
Genre Detective
Broadcast 9/16/67 - 3/9/68
No. of Episodes 24
Main Cast
Character Actor
Joe Mannix Mike Connors
Lew Wickersham Joseph Campanella

Mannix is a detective TV show created by Richard Levinson and William Link, and produced by Bruce Geller (who also created the espionage series Mission: Impossible). It ran from 1967 to 1975 on the channel CBS alongside M:I.

Mannix followed the life of Los Angeles private investigator Joseph "Joe" Mannix, played by Mike Connors, and his African-American secretary, Peggy Fair (played by Gail Fisher). Mannix is of Armenian descent (like Connors himself), and is proficient in most athletics, including being a black belt in Karate, a decent skier, and an excellent pool player. He is also a veteran of the Korean War. In Season 1, he works for detective firm Intertect. Starting in Season 2, he lives and works in his own office at 17 Paseo Verde, West LA. He carries a Walther PP in Season 1, which can be seen in the intro, but starts to carry a Colt Detective Special from Season 2 onwards.

The show won the "Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama" in 1971, which was late Season 4 and early Season 5. Mike Connors himself also won an award for his portrayal of Mannix, the 1969 Golden Globe Awards (for which he was nominated six consecutive times) and 4 straight Emmy nominations from 1970 to 1973. Mannix, the series itself, was twice nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Dramatic Series. In 1972, writer Mann Rubin won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the episode "A Step in Time" (S5E03).

The following weapons were used in Season 1 of the television series Mannix:


Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 is prominent, pretty much being the only semi-automatic pistol commonly used besides Mannix's PP. However, Mannix often implies the M1911A1 is double-action - the Colt M1911A1 is SAO.

Colt M1911A1 w/ parkerized finish - .45 ACP.
Mr. Dubrio's chauffeur indirectly threatens Mannix ...
... before taking a more persuasive approach in "The Name is Mannix" (S1E01).
Mannix shoots a target during his annual firearm testing. Despite being locked back here ...
... it is suddenly ready to fire in the next shot.
Mannix fires the M1911A1.
Syndicate member Owney (Gene Rutherford) holds a M1911A1 as he waits for his target to come home in "Skid Marks on a Dry Run" (S1E02).
Mannix disarms Owney after the former notices the latter following him.
Syndicate member Matt and Mannix struggle over a M1911A1.
J. P. Malloy's chauffeur pulls out his M1911A1 to confront a hiding Mannix in "Nothing Ever Works Twice" (S1E3).
Malloy's bodyguard and his chauffeur hold their M1911A1s.

Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket

In "Skid Marks on a Dry Run", Ms. Ellis (Wende Wagner) uses a ivory-handled Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket that she keeps in her purse.

Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket (Other side) - .25 ACP
Ms. Ellis pulls out a Vest Pocket while Mannix is temporarily distracted.

Walther PP

The Walther PP Mannix's Intertect-issued sidearm, kept in a bare-bones metal holster. It is rarely seen anywhere else.

Post war Walther PP Pistol - .32 ACP.
Mannix's PP lays on the ground in "Nothing Ever Works Twice"(S1E03). Despite being recently fired, the saftey is on. Also note the plain wooden grips.


Colt Detective Special

Mannix's personal sidearm is a Colt Detective Special. It is also common gun for "goons" to carry and use.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Round Butt - .38 Special
Mannix checks his gun before snapping it shut towards the camera in "The Name is Mannix" (S1E1). This not only tells the viewer that Mannix is serious, it also tells us he could care less about potential mis-alignment.
The DS is almost dropped as Mannix, hazily, descends a flight of stairs.
Mannix nails a shot from his DS in a helicopter chase scene very similar to the one in From Russia With Love later in the episode.
Adam Pierson (Charles Drake) attempts to fire a shot from his DS but he is stopped short in "Skid Marks on a Dry Run" (S1E02).
After now murder suspect Mannix leaves his Walther PP with Lew, he 'borrows' Lew's DS in "Nothing Ever Works Twice" (S1E03).
"Don't argue with me! Just drive!"
Mannix points his DS at Lorne in the same episode.
Mannix looks at the DS that J. P. Malloy tried to draw on him ...
... before throwing it away and using his own to threaten Malloy.

Colt Official Police

The Colt Official Police is used by a lot of characters from both sides of the law.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Angela Dubrio (Barbara Anderson) points her Official Police at Mannix.
A couple of police officers draw their Official Polices in "Nothing Ever Works Twice"(S1E03).
The same officers inspect a crashed car with their revolvers.
Lew Wickersham (Joseph Campanella) busts in with his Official Police at the ready.


Winchester Model 70

During the events of "Nothing Ever Works Twice" (S1E02), Lorne Marshall (Frank Aletter) uses a pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 during the events of the episode.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
Lorne points his Model 70 at Mannix and Sarah.
Lorne holds the Model 70, indoors this time.
During some customary plot exposition, the viewer gets a look of the barrel and stock.
Realizing that giving exposition doesn't get things done, Lorne points the rifle at Mannix and J. P. Malloy and shows the bolt and breech of the Model 70. Note the scope mount and present iron-sights.

Sporterized Arisaka Type 2 Paratrooper Rifle

Undoubtedly the star of "The Cost of a Vacation" (S1E06), it is used to great effect by hitman Ramon Verona (Donnelly Rhodes). The custom Arisaka Type 2 is fitted with a sporting stock, higher front sights, a Hiram Maxim 1900's style suppressor, and a custom bolt.

Arisaka Type 02 Paratrooper Takedown rifle - 7.7x58mm
Ramon opens his case to reveal the sporterized Type 2.
He then assembles the rifle...
... attaches a suppressor ...
... then aims the rifle at his targets.
An alternate shot of above.
On top of a building now, he puts the rifle together. He actually pushes and twists the link in this scene.
Does this scene look familiar?
Satisfied, Ramon lifts his head from the scope. Note the large knob on the bolt.

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