Mannix (1967–1975)
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The Dark Hours 

Joe is shot and dumped in the middle of nowhere. He tries to figure it all out from his hospital bed.


Paul Krasny


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
Elizabeth Ashley ... Karen Winslow
Victor French ... Matt Brandon
William Devane ... Al Kordic
Paul Shenar ... Johnny Sands
Alan Fudge ... Dr. Collins
John Devlin John Devlin ... Rickard
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Herman Poppe ... Ambulance Technician
Anne Newman Bacal Anne Newman Bacal ... Nurse (as Anne Newman)
Dick Cangey
Kevin Krasny Kevin Krasny


Joe is shot and dumped in the middle of nowhere. He tries to figure it all out from his hospital bed.

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Release Date:

20 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Another overused feature of the series - the deserted factory, warehouse or refinery for the climactic scene. See more »


When Joe is talking to Kordic on Kordic's boat, in the wide shot Kordic is eating with the fork in his right hand. Then when the camera switches to a closeup shot of Kordic, the fork is now in his left hand. Then when it switches back to the wide shot, the fork is in his right hand once again. See more »


Joe Mannix: Miss Winslow. I'm Joe Mannix.
Karen Winslow: Oh!
[kisses Joe]
Karen Winslow: I'm so glad to see you.
Joe Mannix: Well, now, that's not usually included in my fee.
Karen Winslow: Except the man that's been following me is sitting at the end of the bar, so I thought perhaps it would be better if we made it look like a date.
Joe Mannix: Of course. Now, uh, why don't we sit down and take a look at your friend, huh?
[they sit down at a table]
Joe Mannix: That's quite a man to have following you.
Karen Winslow: Do you know him?
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A good episode, though not without some headaches (literally) for Joe
19 April 2015 | by pkfloydmhSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good episode, and it's a nice recovery from the two-part disaster of the previous two episodes. The show has returned to form and to its basic premise, and that's always a good thing.

In this one, Joe gets shot early on in the episode, and while in his hospital bed, he tries to figure out who did this to him through flashbacks of the events that occurred just prior to when he was shot.

One notable thing about this episode is that after a long, excruciating wait, during which many of us have struggled to cope, I'm happy to announce that the long national nightmare is over because the moment we've been anticipating for so long has FINALLY arrived. Yes, believe it or not, for the first time this season, Joe gets clobbered on the back on the head!!! In fact, for special emphasis, it happens in the opening scene, AND it's shown TWICE!! Yes, that's right - twice. Once in the opening scene and then again later on in one of Joe's flashbacks, so it's double the fun!! Perhaps the writers did this because they wanted to remind everyone (especially the doubters and skeptics) that they definitely have NOT forgotten about this cliché and figured that showing it twice would really drive this point home. Or maybe they figured that after fifteen episodes without it, they desperately needed to make up for lost ground so they can meet their head-whipping quota for this year. Whatever the case, the headaches are back for Joe.

One thing I didn't like about this episode is William Devane's performance as Al Kordic. He's too timid and soft-spoken and too agreeable to everything that anyone says, which is just not believable for a syndicate boss. There's also some overacting by Joe from the hospitable bed, and of course, as previously mentioned, the head-whipping cliché that we know and love has returned. I don't how we survived without it!! However, even though it was shown twice, I'm only deducting one point for it because I'm going to cut the writers some slack here since they somehow managed to keep it out of the previous fifteen episodes and I know that HAD to be difficult for them.

So overall, not a bad episode.

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