Mannix (1967–1975)
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The Glass Trap 

Joe Mannix and Peggy go to a nightclub intending to listen to a young guitarist, where Peggy recognizes a fugitive criminal named Brastow. Joe manages to recapture Brastow, who is to be ... See full summary »


Reza Badiyi


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


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Gail Fisher ... Peggy Fair
Robert Foxworth ... Ross Santini
Robert Reed ... Lt. Adam Tobias
H.M. Wynant ... Tom Wall
Doreen Lang Doreen Lang ... Mrs. Colton
Maidie Norman ... Helen Frank
Stacy Keach Sr. ... Charles Colton
Julia Paul Julia Paul ... Mary Santini (Real) (as Jillian Paul)
Frank Christi Frank Christi ... Eric Brastow
Charlie Picerni ... Harris (as Charles Picerni)
Stacy Harris ... Wilton
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Doctor
Deidre Daniels Deidre Daniels ... Mary Santini (Imposter) (as Deirdre Daniels)
James W. Gavin James W. Gavin ... Pilot (as James Gavin)


Joe Mannix and Peggy go to a nightclub intending to listen to a young guitarist, where Peggy recognizes a fugitive criminal named Brastow. Joe manages to recapture Brastow, who is to be extradited to New York to face charges of murdering a police officer. Brastow is to be escorted by an old acquaintance of Joe's named Ross Santini, now a New York detective. But Joe becomes puzzled by several attempts on his life by men he believes to be working for Brastow, and concerned about his friend Santini's increasingly odd behavior. Written by aldanoli

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Release Date:

3 November 1971 (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?


The plane Mannix stops is a 1970 BEECH A36 Fixed wing single engine (6 seats / 1 engine), N4608A. See more »


In the chase scene down the hill the car following Mannix changes colors. It goes from green to white, back to green, back to white, and one final time back to green. See more »


Joe Mannix: [Tom Wall enters Joe's office] Hi, Tom.
Tom Wall: Hey, morning, Joe.
Joe Mannix: Oh, Peggy, this is Tom Wall, Ross' partner.
[turns to Tom]
Joe Mannix: Peggy Fair, my secretary.
Tom Wall: Nice to meet you. All you private cops get such pretty ladies working for you?
Joe Mannix: Just the lucky ones.
[Tom smiles]
Joe Mannix: What brings you to our neighborhood? Where's Ross?
Tom Wall: Ross and his wife are out at her parents' place in Simi Valley. I just wanted to talk to you for a minute.
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Edited into Mannix: To Save a Dead Man (1971) See more »

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Really exciting and a bit sloppy.
4 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Glass Trap" is a good but sloppy episode of "Mannix". It begins with a couple scum-bag drug lords killing a detective. In the next scene, Mannix and Peggy are at a cool jazz club when Peggy recognizes one of the killers, Brastow, and tells Joe. After all, he is wanted for this murder. After a chase outside where Brastow ties to shoot Mannix, Joe catches up to him and beats the crap out of him. Is this the end of the episode?'s all in the first few minutes! What's next is a complex episode involving some cops trying to escort Brastow to New York to face charges and Joe is sure that Brastow will somehow try to break free--and he'll never allow that!

The plot is pretty interesting and the ending is action-packed. So why only a 7? Well, as I mentioned above, the show is sloppy. The worst, by far, is when a gray (NOT GREEN despite what the IMDb goofs say) car becomes a white car and vice-versa during a chase!! It's obvious they were recycling old footage but this is just ridiculous! A smaller goof is when one of the agents urges his partner to escort him to the jazz club. Why is this a goof? Well, it really makes no sense as this agent encourages his partner to bring his wife...and I won't say more because it would provide a spoiler...though it really makes no sense when you learn more about this agent.

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