Mannix (1967–1975)
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A Way to Dusty Death 

Joe is trying to find a missing teenage boy who was acquitted of murder on a technicality. The boy's small town is convinced he did it and sheriff Howard Duff is not helpful.


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Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Howard Duff ... Chief Harry Decken
Janis Paige ... Georgia Durian
Donna Baccala ... Joyce Ferraro
George Murdock ... Mr. Ferraro
Anthony Geary ... Eddie Decken (as Tony Geary)
Len Wayland ... Jake Durian
June Whitley Taylor June Whitley Taylor ... Miss Navarro
George Skaff George Skaff ... Noah Harturian
Anthony Eldridge Anthony Eldridge ... Danny Durian


Joe is trying to find a missing teenage boy who was acquitted of murder on a technicality. The boy's small town is convinced he did it and sheriff Howard Duff is not helpful.

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Release Date:

23 September 1973 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The title is a reference to a line from Shakespeare's Macbeth. See more »


When Joe is driving on the highway and encounters the motorcycles, the initial shot shows his car getting very close to the oncoming motorcycles. Then the very next shot shows the car swerving for no reason as the motorcycles are now nowhere to be seen. Then the next shot shows the car getting very close to the oncoming motorcycles once again. See more »


Chief Harry Decken: Listen, we're a nice town. Got a little high-spirited element in it, but what's a kid who doesn't bust loose once in a while, right?
Joe Mannix: One of them, uh, looked like the leader. He was riding a silver and red bike, long yellow hair down to his shoulders. Now, I'm not putting long hair down, but this one I'd enjoy scalping.
Chief Harry Decken: License number?
Joe Mannix: Well, everything was one big blur.
Chief Harry Decken: We've got a kid answers that description every ten miles this part of the country. We can't haul them all in, can we?
Joe Mannix: Well, I'm...
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A sloppy episode with a lot of crew members visible in various scenes
17 April 2015 | by pkfloydmhSee all my reviews

This is a below average episode that contains numerous mistakes and treads over very familiar ground involving a small town with a hostile sheriff.

The plot is not too complicated and pretty easy to follow. It's about a woman who hires Joe to prove her son Danny is innocent of a murder charge that he's been accused of. The problem is the woman lives in a small town out in middle of nowhere where the sheriff, of course, is hostile towards Joe and doesn't want to help him out at all. Where have we seen that before??? In addition, throughout this episode, Danny is portrayed by all of his friends as being a certain type of person, but then at the end of the episode, he's exactly the opposite of that, which is just silly. The acting in this one is not very good either as the actor that portrays Danny is lousy, and Howard Duff overplays his role as the sheriff.

Another problem I had with this episode is that for the first time some of the shots in the fight scene that takes place in the strip club are shown in slow motion. Why??? It makes no sense. It reduces the effectiveness, excitement, and flow of the scene. It's never been done on this show before and hopefully will never be done again. Just really dumb.

Another big problem with this episode is it sets the record for the number of crew members that are visible in the various scenes, and in addition to that, there are several continuity mistakes also. Very sloppy.

Then when Joe goes to meet Danny in the desert, the sheriff somehow miraculously shows up there, when he had NO WAY OF KNOWING Joe and Danny were there. Just ridiculous.

This is certainly not one of the better episodes of season seven.

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