Mannix (1967–1975)
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Hamilton Starr is a blind man obsessed with finding the Auroras, a fabulous diamond collection stolen years ago.


Arnold Laven


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


Episode cast overview:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Victor Buono ... Hamilton Starr
Bethel Leslie ... Lois Graham
Charles Tyner ... Jonah
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Orville Moffatt
Stephen Dunne ... Howard Graham (as Steve Dunne)
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Tony Young ... Tony Lassiter
Carol Bagdasarian Carol Bagdasarian ... Terry Graham
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Chuck Martinson
Ron Nyman ... Sgt. Charlie


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Hamilton Starr is a blind man obsessed with finding the Auroras, a fabulous diamond collection stolen years ago.

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This is the second time where Bethel Leslie's character is involved with a blind person. The first being The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Sabatini Death (1969). See more »


Orville Moffatt: [entering Starr's cabin on a boat] He was exactly where you said, Mr. Starr, at Jonah's Place.
Hamilton Starr: Welcome aboard, Mannix. Well, how does he look, Orville? Have the years treated him kindly?
Orville Moffatt: Looks about the same.
Joe Mannix: Well, you finally got your hands on the Auroras, huh?
Hamilton Starr: Magnificent, aren't they? Banked fires to warm a man's soul. No wonder so many people have died for them through the years.
Joe Mannix: Last night you nearly added Terry Graham's name to the list.
Hamilton Starr: I had nothing to do with the attack on Miss Graham.
Joe Mannix: ...
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Excellent episode with a lot of interesting and funny characters including a hilarious syndicate boss!
14 April 2015 | by pkfloydmhSee all my reviews

This is one of the best episodes of season seven and of the entire series overall. It's well-written, funny, interesting, compelling, and original. It also DOESN'T contain many of the usual clichés that you typically see on this show, but instead it focuses on the characters and on good old fashioned detective work.

The opening scene gets you interested right away as it shows a woman meeting her mysterious father at night in a dark area of a park in order to get some instructions from him. As she's leaving the park, someone mugs her and steals her diamond brooch, and it only gets more and more interesting from there, but I won't go into any more details beyond that.

It's really interesting to see all of the sordid and intriguing characters that Joe deals with in this episode, including the Hamilton Starr character played by Victor Buono who is not only menacing but one of the funniest underworld bosses you'll ever see! He delivers several one-liners that are just hilarious! Speaking of hilarious, check out the red and blue plaid pants that Orville (one of Starr's henchmen) is wearing! Classic '70s!

This episode features many twists and turns in the plot and many false assumptions by the various characters, including Joe himself, which only adds to the intrigue because nobody seems to know what's going on at any time or what the other characters are going to do next. This is a fascinating and superb episode and one you don't want to miss! It's one of the best!

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25 November 1973 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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