Mannix (1967–1975)
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Race Against Time: Part 1 

Mannix is asked to sneak a famous heart doctor into a repressive country to perform surgery on a revolutionary.

Director:

Paul Krasny

Writers:

Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
John Colicos ... Dr. Myles Considine
Cesare Danova ... Victor Lucas
Ina Balin ... Andrea
Rita Gam ... Dr. Ernestine Waldo
Len Birman ... Michael Truman
Paul Mantee ... Paul
Alan Bergmann ... Colonel Alan DuPar
Ben Hammer ... Hank Pritchard
Peter D. Greene Peter D. Greene ... Intern
Nate Esformes ... Raoul
Mark Allen ... Mr. Cramer
Joe George ... (as Joseph George)
Victor Izay ... Room Service Waiter
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Mannix is asked to sneak a famous heart doctor into a repressive country to perform surgery on a revolutionary.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The aeroplane has two front windows on both the outside view and the front view, but viewing in from the front, there is but one front window with no crossbar in between the pilot's and the front passenger's side. See more »

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Colonel Alan DuPar: [interrogating the waiter who talked to Dr. Considine and Joe after Dr. Waldo left their hotel room] The two Americans, where did they go?
Room Service Waiter: How should I know?
Colonel Alan DuPar: [slaps the waiter] You're lying! We have information that you were the last person who in touch with them before they left that hotel. Now, where did you send them?
Room Service Waiter: I brought them their lunch, that's all. I was their waiter.
Colonel Alan DuPar: You mean their contact! Admit it!
Room Service Waiter: I don't know what you're talking about. I'm a waiter, and that's all I am.
Colonel Alan DuPar: When ...
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I am nearly 100% positive that this was originally intended as a "Mission: Impossible" episode.
30 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Bruce Geller was the creator of not just "Mannix" but "Mission: Impossible". Because of this and because "Mission: Impossible" stopped filming in 1973, I think it's very safe to assume this was actually originally intended to be an episode from that series and NOT "Mannix". The entire tone, location and case have NOTHING to do with "Mannix" and you could easily see Jim Phelps and the gang doing this stuff...and doing it much better.

The show begins with Mannix getting a mission...not from a tap recorder but from some odd man from an unnamed secret government agency! This NEVER happened on the show before...nor did anyone ever ask Mannix to go on a covert mission abroad. Perhaps all their spies were on sick leave or perhaps they were out on strike!! All I know is that having a California-based private eye involved made zero sense. After all, the mission is to sneak a world famous into a country where there is a totalitarian military dictatorship in order to do what seems to be a relatively simple heart operation on the head of the resistance. That is another huge problem...why sneak a Nobel Prize-winning doctor in to install a pacemaker?! That's NOT a super-specialized sort of heart surgery...even for 1974. Yet, they say that this doctor (John Colicos in a rare appearance as a good guy) is the ONLY one who can do it!! Is it starting to sound as if none of this makes sense?

Once in the country, the pair of undercover guys find that the place indeed sucks. There are secret police and military thugs (with very non-military haircuts) everywhere and by the end of the episode, Mannix and the Doc are with the resistance ('Libra') but they've just discovered that the pacemaker they brought in was destroyed by some unknown person...perhaps by someone with Libra!

Other than some tense chases, there really isn't a lot that is good about the show because it not only makes no sense but seems like you're not even watching "Mannix". I agree with the other reviewer...this is a bad episode and the next isn't any better.


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