Mannix (1967–1975)
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A Penny for the Peep Show 

Three thugs hold Mannix, Peggy, and a woman hostage, claiming they want the $312,000 she has in a briefcase at home, but they may be after something even more valuable.


Gerald Mayer


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
Sabrina Scharf ... Celia James
Kevin Hagen ... Jackson
Charles Dierkop ... Makuta / John Marrish
Larry Linville ... Lieutenant George Kramer (as Lawrence Linville)
Ramon Bieri ... Peters
Edd Byrnes ... Clay
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Driver
Regis Cordic ... Mr. Coolidge (as Rege Cordic)


Mannix is visited by a young woman named Celia James, who somewhat reluctantly explains that her uncle recently visited her and left behind a briefcase. When he did not return or contact her as she had anticipated, she opened the briefcase to find that it contained more than $300,000 in cash, as well as lists of names and places. She has barely finished telling him this when three men burst into Mannix' office. They tell Mannix, Peggy, and Celia that they are escaped convicts and want money to aid in making their escape. Their attention soon turns to the two women, however, and they begin to show that they are interested in more than money. Written by aldanoli

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Release Date:

1 November 1969 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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When Mr. Peters is shooting at Mannix on the target range, he blows large holes in the targets with his shotgun. The range between Mr. Peters and the targets is too great for a shotgun to cause such damage; the pellet dispersal would be too wide, and the pellets might not even penetrate the targets. See more »

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While it has some interesting aspects, it also has loose plot threads and should have been better.
3 November 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The show begins with a woman named Celia coming to Mannix with a quandary--she's been left with a briefcase and when the guy didn't come back for it, she looked inside and found a fortune. Why she didn't just go to the cops was never clear. However, before Mannix can even begin the investigation, some desperadoes storm into the office and hold everyone hostage. About midway through the show, the hostage standoff is resolved--but now Mannix and the cops want to dig deeper to discover who was behind this and why. It has something to do with something in the briefcase other than the money--and that's a problem since it accidentally caught on fire and no one seems certain what it was--except for the man behind the kidnapping.

This show has some exciting moments but Celia's character never really made sense--nor did the perfect timing. It's still exciting but having Mannix play the bad detective on the take didn't ring true--he's been around for a long time and anyone in the know would understand this is all a ruse. Not a well written show, that's for sure but it does have its moments.

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