Mannix (1967–1975)
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Mannix is able to escape from a desert dinner being held by gunman, only to return with the law and find the couple running it, deny any such incident happened.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair (credit only)
Patricia Quinn ... Dana Simmons (as Pat Quinn)
Paul Carr ... Ben Simmons
Barry Atwater ... Clint Peterson
Kenneth Tobey ... Sheriff Wells
Brad Dexter ... John Romano
Ross Hagen ... Croaker
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Mel
Michael Bell ... Larry
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Walker Edmiston ... Dale Perry
Keith Walker Keith Walker ... Announcer
Francisco Ortega Francisco Ortega ... Deputy
Jerry Fitzpatrick Jerry Fitzpatrick ... Patrolman


Mannix is on his way to go fishing in the desert when he stops at a roadside diner for gas and a check of his engine. While having a cup of coffee, he discovers that the couple who run the diner are being held hostage by three men. Mannix manages to reach the authorities -- but the mystery deepens when the couple claim to know nothing of their supposed kidnapping. Written by aldanoli

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Release Date:

14 November 1970 (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 getaway plane (N7134G) is a 1969 Cessna 172K Skyhawk s/n 17258834. See more »


Mr. Mannix acquires a revolver at one point and proceeds to fire 5 rounds at a retreating car. Later, he fires 2 rounds at an aeroplane, in spite of never finding any more rounds for the revolver than were already in the cylinder. See more »

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It's obviously inspired by "The Petrified Forest" but it has a few big differences.
28 July 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When this episode of "Mannix" began, I thought it would be a direct copy of the old Leslie Howard, Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart film "The Petrified Forest". Well, it was but it fortunately only stayed that way for a while and had enough differences that I enjoyed it.

Mannix stops at a gas station and coffee shop in the middle of the desert when he's on his way for a fishing vacation. However, he walks right into the middle of a hostage situation, as three gangsters are holding the owners hostage. Now, with three hostages, things look really bad. Soon a fourth guy arrives and what is up isn't really apparent. However, when the boss tells his two thugs to take Mannix and the fourth hostage 'for a ride', Mannix knows it will be his last unless they do something. The two guys later make a break for it--Mannix escapes and the other guy is murdered. Eventually, Mannix is discovered roaming about the desert by the police. However, when he tells them what happened, they cannot find proof any of it happened. And, oddly, the couple who own the gas station/coffee shop say that they were never being held by anyone! Of course Mannix is determined to figure all this out and prove that a murder DID occur.

As I said above, there are lots of ways the show differed from the old movie--all beginning about 10 minutes into the show. So, don't assume it's just a knockoff--it IS worth seeing.

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