Mannix (1967–1975)
2 user

Search for a Dead Man 

A hit man shoots his victim, a notorious crime boss, from a sniper's perch, but moments later can find no body where the man fell. Unable to convince the men who hired him that the crime ... See full summary »


Paul Krasny


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




Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
John Hillerman ... Norman Thompson
Robert Symonds ... Robert Ingram
Paul Mantee ... Wayborn
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Hope 'Angel' Campbell (as Mary Wilcox)
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Eddie Quillan ... Willie
Susan Mullen ... Receptionist (as Sue Mullen)
Ron Nyman ... Sergeant Charley


A hit man shoots his victim, a notorious crime boss, from a sniper's perch, but moments later can find no body where the man fell. Unable to convince the men who hired him that the crime boss is actually dead, he concocts a story about being a witness to a shooting and hires Joe Mannix to investigate whether a man really was killed that night, and if not, what happened to him. Written by aldanoli

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

6 April 1975 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Last episode in which Gail Fisher appears. See more »


When Mannix was chasing the motorcycle in the dirt the hood of his car was ajar, but when he lost the motorcyclist and was stopped the hood was fully closed. See more »


Joe Mannix: [Norman Thompson enters Joe's office] Mr. Thompson.
Norman Thompson: Uh, th-thank you for seeing me, Mr. Mannix.
Joe Mannix: Please, sit down.
Norman Thompson: Oh, uh, thank you. I, uh...
Norman Thompson: I don't quite know, uh, wh-where to begin. I...
Joe Mannix: Well, now, just take your time. What seems to be bothering you?
Norman Thompson: Well, it-it's something that I saw the night before last, or at least I'm... I'm pretty sure I saw it.
Joe Mannix: What's that?
Norman Thompson: A man shot.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

John Hillerman...hitman?!
24 September 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I like the casting of John Hillerman in this episode of "Mannix". He plays an assassin...and a cold and capable one...a far cry from his more patrician roles on "Magnum PI" and "A Very Brady Sequel".

The show begins with Norman Thompson (Hillerman) making a hit with a high powered rifle. However, although you see him make a head shot on his victim, later he's told that the man was NOT killed and was okay...and Thompson's employers are mad and seem like the sorts who might kill him because they think he failed. Oddly, to prove he was NOT mistaken, he approaches Mannix to find the body....but of course he won't tell Mannix he killed the guy. Instead, he pretends to be a nice guy who witnessed the shooting but doesn't know what to do because the body went missing. Will Mannix find the body AND will he realize that his client is a liar?

Having Mannix being hired by a lying client is nothing new. Heck, the previous episode ("Design for Dying") had such a plot. But fortunately, this one is a lot better (it couldn't be much worse)....and it all is about an Angel. Well worth seeing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed