Mannix (1967–1975)
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Trap for a Pigeon 

A mobster's lawyer desperately wants Joe to recover a briefcase that was stolen in a hotel robbery. His life depends on Joe getting it back.


Harry Harvey Jr.


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
Robert Reed ... Lt. Adam Tobias
James Luisi ... John Larkin
Jay Robinson ... Eddie Richter
Felice Orlandi ... Vince Adante
Roy Jenson ... Ozzie Atwater
Barbara Rhoades ... Ruth Adante
Barry Atwater ... Mark Prentiss
Russ Grieve ... Police Chief
Allen Joseph ... Louie
Victor Izay ... Perry Christopher
Michael Masters ... Rick Rivera
Ron Nyman ... Sgt. Charlie


A mobster's lawyer desperately wants Joe to recover a briefcase that was stolen in a hotel robbery. His life depends on Joe getting it back.

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Release Date:

24 March 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?


This would be Robert Reed's final appearance as Lt. Tobias. See more »


During the car chase, the yellow sedan chasing Mannix incurs front end damage when chasing him in the dirt. But when the chase resumes on the paved road, the car is no longer damaged. See more »


Joe Mannix: [Mark Prentiss enters Mannix's office] Mr. Prentiss.
Mark Prentiss: Mr. Mannix. Can we, uh, get right to the point?
Joe Mannix: Of course. Please sit down.
Mark Prentiss: Thank you. I use the safe deposit vault at the Bedford Hotel. And last night, that vault was broken into.
Joe Mannix: Yes, I was just reading about it. They got away with about $150,000 in jewelry, a hunk of cash, bonds...
Mark Prentiss: And a briefcase.
Joe Mannix: A briefcase?
Mark Prentiss: Mine, as it happens. Recover by Tuesday, Mr. Mannix, and I'll write you a check for $5,000.
Joe Mannix: That's some briefcase. What was in it?
Mark Prentiss:
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Edited into Mannix: A Choice of Victims (1974) See more »

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A good episode which includes a prophetic statement by Mannix
23 April 2015 | by pkfloydmhSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good episode of Mannix and it's one of the better episodes this season.

It's about a briefcase that is stolen during a hotel robbery, and the owner of the briefcase, who is a syndicate lawyer, hires Mannix to find it. The lawyer is played by Barry Atwater, and it's well known that Atwater was a heavy steroid user which resulted in significant and noticeable changes to his face, which is evident in this episode as he looks pretty bizarre and sickly here. In fact, Joe himself even comments on his client's appearance at one point in the episode. When he's talking to syndicate hood Johnny Larkin at Larkin's house, he tells Larkin that he had just met with his client, and then, referring to his client, Joe says that "He looked awful". Quite prophetic, as Atwater died at the age of 60 about four years after this episode aired.

One problem that I had with this episode is that a big mistake occurs in one of the scenes. When Joe and Lt. Tobias enter a certain house, a tape player is running and they hear the last few seconds of the tape, but right after that Joe begins stating factually to Lt. Tobias what was or was not on the portion of the tape prior to the last few seconds, and even draws some conclusions from that, even though he NEVER HEARD THE TAPE. Very sloppy. The writers should have known better, and someone should have caught this before the episode aired.

Another problem I had is that at the end Joe is able to solve the entire case based on one thing that Peggy said, which is unrealistic.

This episode does, however, contain an exciting and extended car chase and an interesting plot. So I'm going to deduct a couple of points for the problems I mentioned above and give this one an 8, which is still pretty good.

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