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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Aspect Ratio:

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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Joe gets shock AND knocked out several times....the man is apparently indestructible!!!
20 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This show begins with Mannix being hit from behind and knocked cold...only the 204th time (give or take) he was knocked out in the show's history. In fact, he'd get knocked out a couple more times...but I am getting ahead of myself. The thugs then drag him off, shoot him and toss him down a hill. When he's found, the EMTs and cops say he's dead and throw a blanket over him on the stretcher. However, on the way to the hospital, he shows signs of life...because he's like the terminator and cannot be killed! Oh, did I mention he'd been shot about a dozen times in the series before this?!

The show then uses a series of flashbacks to show what happened before he was knocked out. It begins with him meeting a new client, Karen (Elizabeth Ashley), as she's worried about some man who keeps following her. The case soon turns out to involve a couple mob bosses, Brandon (Victor French) and Kordick (William Devane)...and a plan to do away with one of them. How does the nearly dead Mannix sort all this out, solve the crime AND never seem to ask anyone to pay his fees?

Other than the fact that I laughed at the knock outs and shooting and an AMAZING feat of shooting*, it's a very good episode--- exciting and OTHERWISE original.

*The shooting stunt was hilarious and the second time I saw this on the show...but this time it was not performed by Mannix. Like the Mannix shot several seasons before, this involves a guy with a rifle and scope opening fire on a guy with a revolver way down below. The guy with the pistol is able to shoot the marksman...a feat nearly impossible...even if you are an Olympic caliber shooter!!

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