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 Posted:   Oct 24, 2009 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The third season is released next tuesday. Thoughts on the episodes, Stefan?

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2009 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

The third season is released next tuesday. Thoughts on the episodes, Stefan?


About season 3, there's one episode I want to watch again: "The Playground", guest starring Robert Conrad and his "Wild Wild West" stunt team. It's in that episode that actor Conrad meets director Paul Krasny who will work with him again on the season 5 ("The Killer") and the season 7 ("Break!") of "Mission: Impossible".

Directors-wise, check out these ones with gifted MISSION artisans:
"Eagles Sometimes Don't Fly" (Stuart Hagmann)
"A Question of Midnight" (Sutton Roley)
"The Nowhere Victim" (Sutton Roley)
"Missing: Sun and Sky" (Sutton Roley)
"Who Is Sylvia?" (Reza Badiyi)

Soundtracks-wise, check these ones:
"Eagles Sometimes Can't Fly" (Richard Hazard)
"Color Her Missing" (Robert Drasnin)
"Return to Summer Grove" (Luchi De Jesus)
"The Playground" (Fred Steiner)
"Question of Midnight" (Richard Markowitz)
"Penny for the Peepshow" (Robert Drasnin)
"A Sleep in the Deep" (Gerald Fried)
"Memory: Zero" (Robert Prince)
"The Sound of Darkness" (Jerry Fielding)
"Missing: Sun and Sky" (Richard Markowitz)


"The Playground" (October 18, 1969)

Directed by Paul Krasny
Written by Ed Adamson
Guest starring:
Robert Conrad as Western film actor Mitch Cantrell
Leslie Parrish as Cantrell's secretary Mona
Paul Comi as the producer, Mannix's friend
Ben Cooper as Pete, Cantrell's stuntman
Richard Cangey and Tom Huff as Cantrell's stuntmen

Summary:
Movie star Mitch Cantrell refuses to believe Mannix's contention that someone is out to kill him. The private eye's investigation turns up a number of prime suspects, including Cantrell's girlfriend Mona and his sidekick Pete.

Review:
Find a MANNIX episode that is a pure Paramount Studios tour--we see the sets of many MISSION episodes: "The Code", "The Missile", "Encore", etc ... Paul Krasny is a former MISSION's film editor and director. As in MISSION's season 6 ("Encore"), Paramount is now the Majestic Studios. As in the two-parter MISSION's season 3 titled "The Contender", Robert Conrad practices boxing. Notice this bunch of "Wild Wild West" alumni: Conrad, Parrish, Cangey and Huff--the show was canceled in 1969, by the way! For the anecdote, Conrad (carrying orange sunglasses reminiscent of MISSION's colourful foes) drives a buggy car at full speed all around the Studios' sets! We can see footages from a western film (starring rider Mitch Cantrell) inside a film theatre. The prologue remind a typical MISSION plot a la "The Interrogator": the victim drives a cross-country motorcycle on a steep road when an unknown man tightens a metallic wire to make him fall and then he leaves inside a delivery van (from the Majestic Studios).



PS: Duning's "Edge of the Knife" from "Mannix" is reminiscent of his "Metamorphosis" from the season 2 of "Star Trek".

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2009 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

About season 3, there's one episode I want to watch again

Just one???

I usually wait until Mannix goes down to $24.99 before purchasing, but the show is so much better during the second year that I may have to get S3 asap. I also can add George Duning to the list of "old time" film composers (Bernard Herrmann, Hugo Friedhofer) who "kicked it" when making the move to TV.

 
 Posted:   Oct 26, 2009 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

About season 3, there's one episode I want to watch again

Just one???


Many, many...
I pre-ordered my set so you'll be the first to know my prize list.

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2009 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Death in a Minor Key"

Nice to see the great Anthony Zerbe play a good guy for a change, in what may have been a rehearsal of sorts for his Lt. Trench character in HARRY-O. I like the crazy angles while Yaphet Kotto's group is swingin' to Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man", which someone must've paid for, even if it's just a cover version. I also note the civil rights nod with Zerbe's line about how "We're [the South] changing."

This thread might get beaten down to the ground, but like Joe Mannix, it'll get right back up!

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2009 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Calling 17 Paseo Verde!

I received my DVD set of "Mannix" season 3 and I advise you urgently to watch:
"The Sound of Darkness", music composed by Jerry Fielding.
The prologue (01:49) is top-notch paramilitary snare drum style: a hit man on wheels chases his victim in a parking lot at night!

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2009 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Calling 17 Paseo Verde!

I received my DVD set of "Mannix" season 3 and I advise you urgently to watch:
"The Sound of Darkness", music composed by Jerry Fielding.
The prologue (01:49) is top-notch paramilitary snare drum style: a hit man on wheels chases his victim in a parking lot at night!


I'm looking forward to it! I'll most likely be getting season three around Christmas. I'm still making my way through season two, which I'm enjoying a lot.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2009 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Lookee here!

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2009 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Deathrun" was another great episode. Nice location shooting at the mountain lookout and a most-welcome appearance by the always-reliable Madlyn Rhue.

That was a *knockout* score by Jeff Alexander! Joe Mannix was the jazziest private investigator of the late-1960s and his musical accompaniment is right up there with Johnny Staccato and Peter Gunn in the annals of jazzy TV scoring.

And I do dig Joe's western-style jacket and classy black turtleneck. cool

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2009 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Do you dig Mannix's Persol sunglasses? (see the image below)
He carries them in "To the Switest, Death" (chapter 4) and "Night Out of Time" (chapter 5).

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2009 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Yes, I do dig those shades! However, that look doesn't work for my mug so I wear metal-frame sunglasses (Ray-Bans and Maui Jim). Persol is a brand I can only dream of wearing. Steve McGarrett dons some similarly cool glasses in several Hawaii Five-O episodes.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2009 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Favourite MANNIX's season 3 episodes (in broadcast order):

1. "Eagles Sometimes Don't Fly"
2. "Color Her Missing"
3. "The Playground": with Robert Conrad!
4. "A Question of Midnight"
5. "A Penny for the Peepshow"
6. "Memory: Zero"
7. "The Nowhere Victim"
8. "The Sound of Darkness"
9. "Who Killed Me?"
10. "Walk With A Dead Man"
11. "A Chance at the Roses"
12. "Blind Mirror"
13. "Who is Sylvia?"
14. "The Search for Darrell Andrews"
15. "War of Nerves"

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2009 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I scored Mannix S3 for Christmas--can't wait to get started on that...

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2009 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Eagles Sometimes Can't Fly"

Nice score by Richard Hazard. Plus there's the gorgeous Celeste Yarnall, who appeared in enough key TV shows and movies but she only now got my attention! She's got Star Trek ("The Apple"); Burke's Law, and The Mechanic among others to her credit. What a stunner. Georg Stanford Brown and Geoffrey Deuel (Pete's brother) were both good in this, too.

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2010 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Mike Connors in "Today's FBI" with a terrific theme by Elmer Bernstein.

1981? Seems older.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2010 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

BTW, where exactly is 17 Paseo Verde located? A shopping complex? A strip mall? A buisness district? I see people walking about like they're shopping or something.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2010 - 6:22 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

BTW, where exactly is 17 Paseo Verde located? A shopping complex? A strip mall? A buisness district? I see people walking about like they're shopping or something.

The backlot behind the Paramount building offices.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2010 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

BTW, where exactly is 17 Paseo Verde located? A shopping complex? A strip mall? A buisness district? I see people walking about like they're shopping or something.

The backlot behind the the Paramount building offices.


That I already knew. I was wondering what it was within the realm of fiction, was it ever explained what the area was.

Happy New Year, Chum. smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2010 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

BTW, where exactly is 17 Paseo Verde located? A shopping complex? A strip mall? A buisness district? I see people walking about like they're shopping or something.

The backlot behind the the Paramount building offices.


That I already knew. I was wondering what it was within the realm of fiction, was it ever explained what the area was.

Happy New Year, Chum. smile




Happy new year! I think you nail it correctly. And please post your favourite season 3.

 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2010 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Just watched "The Playground" and Mitch Cantrell was quite a nice guy! wink Interesting, artsy direction from Paul Krasny and a solid score from Fred Steiner.

It's always a pleasure to see Leslie Parrish outside of Star Trek. smile

In looking back over this thread I see that only Banacek, Paddon, that Steve Ihnat fan, and I have been the only contributors to this topic. A show that ran eight years with great incidental music and no one posts...

...So feel free to insult anyone on the board you don't like---they'll never see it! wink

 
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