Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, January 27, 2017

Mannix is Gone

Mike Connors, who was the star of Mannix, has died. He was 91.


In its way, the show was a bit of a pioneer. It was the first show to give a black woman, Gail Fisher, a starring role (who went on to be the first black woman to win an Emmy).

For my money, there hasn't been a P.I. on the tube who has been cooler than Mannix. Mannix took a lot of punishment, being one of the few TV detectives to routinely get the shit beaten out of him. Some of it was real, for Connors dislocated his shoulder and broke his wrist while filming the pilot. Mannix drove a Dodge Dart, a car that somebody who worked hard for a buck might have driven.


4 comments:

Borepatch said...

We like to watch the rerun channel (since most contemporary TV is lousy). I hadn't seem Mannix back in the day, but it's pretty good and yes, there's ALWAYS a fight where he gets his ass beat.

DTWND said...

"During the course of the series, he is shot and wounded over a dozen separate times, and knocked unconscious around 55 times."

They don't make me like they used to.

Dale

dinthebeast said...

Dodge Dart with a slant six in it will run for basically ever...


-Doug in Oakland

BadTux said...

This had a 340 LA V8, not a slant six, Doug. The 340 was basically a punched-out 318 with a forged steel crankshaft rather than the normal cast nodular iron unit and forged pushrods, connecting rods, and pistons, topped by a 4-barrel carburetor and a hot cam. Good engine, but it was a high compression high performance engine so you wouldn't expect the durability of a slant six, which was ridiculously understressed. Chrysler eventually cancelled the engine after emission controls took their toll, the 360 took its place in most applications though the 360 wasn't exactly a high performance engine.