Mannix (1967–1975)
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The Deadly Madonna 

Victoria Page is a famous actress making a comeback after a year in a sanitarium. Someone is trying to scare her back into the mental ward. Joe thinks the answers might be related to an ... See full summary »


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
Anne Baxter ... Victoria Page
Barbara Babcock ... Janet
Walter Brooke ... Mark Baxter
Leonard Stone ... Hal Seagrave
Jock Gaynor Jock Gaynor ... Allen Sands
Ned Glass ... Max Nemo
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Lt. Art Malcolm
Stanley Adams ... Jonathan Stack
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Projectionist (as William Benedict)
Todd Mason Todd Mason ... Assistant Director


Victoria Page is a famous actress making a comeback after a year in a sanitarium. Someone is trying to scare her back into the mental ward. Joe thinks the answers might be related to an unfinished movie she was in called, "The Deadly Madonna." Written by Fred427

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2 December 1973 (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?


The studio entry arch is in fact the entrance to Paramount Pictures Studios, the camera angle was set to cut off the signage at the top of the arch. The sign "Majestic Studios" was just added at the side of the entrance. See more »


When Victoria Page is telling Joe Mannix about the car crash in which her husband died, the story switches to a flashback, and the first shot of the car speeding down the road has a mile marker with a large "13" visible in the foreground. Then they drive for quite some distance down the road, and just before the car skids off the road, the same "13" mile marker is visible once again. See more »


Hal Seagrave: Well, Mr. Mannix, I take it you're what we used to call a gumshoe.
Joe Mannix: Bogey would be proud of me.
Hal Seagrave: Mm. If you're here for the lowdown on the Labor Day party in Malibu, it'll all be in next week's issue. Should be good for a couple of divorces, which I guess, means some quick money for you chaps.
Joe Mannix: I don't handle divorce cases, Mr. Seagrave.
Hal Seagrave: Aw. You quite obviously haven't got a healthy interest in dirt.
Joe Mannix: I find it tough enough living with smog.
Hal Seagrave: I assume that, uh, you're here on someone's behalf.
Joe Mannix: Mm, ...
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Good episode, although Mannix falls into the old bird dog trap again!
16 April 2015 | by pkfloydmhSee all my reviews

This is one of the better episodes of season seven, even though Joe falls for the bird dog trick again.

It's about an actress (played by Anne Baxter) who hires Joe to find out who's trying to scare her. Around the middle of the episode, there's a really good and original scene that takes place in a movie theater where reality mimics what's on the movie screen, and the way the two are blended together is really interesting and very well done, but I won't say anything beyond that.

This episode is somewhat unique in that Joe does not get shot at at all in this one, which is pretty rare. However, once again he does get "used as a bird dog", as he puts it, which generally means that in addition to doing the work for his client, in the process he also (without realizing it) ends up doing the work for a second person who has ulterior motives. I'm giving this episode an 8 because I'm deducting a point for the use of the "bird dog" phrase yet again, and I'm deducting another point for the police rushing in at the end and wrapping everything up, which is an overused cliché on this show. But beyond these two issues, it's a pretty good episode.

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