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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When the car Mannix jumped out of is going over the cliff, it becomes a Ford with vertically stacked headlamps rather than the Dodge with side by side headlamps he was driving during the chase. 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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This one didn't make a ton of sense...
15 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the episode begins, two professional strongmen enter a hotel and take the deskman prisoner...forcing him to take one of them into the safe deposit boxes in the back. You learn later that these two darlings killed the deskman for good measure.

Soon after this, a prominent lawyer comes to Mannix to beg him to take his case. It seems that a briefcase filled with information about a case was in safekeeping inside the same safe that was robbed....and Mannix begins to suspect that stealing this might have been the real reason for the robbery. Although Mannix hates the man the lawyer is defending, as he is mob scum....and Mannix HATES mob scum, he takes the case because without the briefcase the lawyer might just be a dead man.

What follows is an odd story where the briefcase really isn't that important and Mannix starts to realize that something is up with the case and might end up with a shootout. How does he realize this? I have no idea...he must have read it in the script.

The bottom line is that this story seemed weak and filled with a few plot problems. Of course, it's still watchable but shows that after seven seasons, perhaps the franchise is wearing a bit thin.

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