Mannix (1967–1975)
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Falling Star 

Vain, arrogant, fading movie star Anne Marion calls a press conference to announce plans for an autobiography. Then, a bomb goes off. The actress hires Intertect and, after a look at ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Connors ... Joe Mannix
Joseph Campanella ... Lew Wickersham
Jan Sterling ... Anne Marion
Marian Seldes ... Ida Colby
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Tom Lockwood (as Doug Henderson)
Barbara Hunter ... Carol Marion
Quinn K. Redeker ... Jim Dancy (as Quinn Redeker)
Army Archerd ... Army Archerd
Rona Barrett ... Rona Barrett
Lee Bergere ... Steven Kosloff
Otto Waldis ... Otto Trenck
Morgan Jones ... Howard Pender
Mickey Morton Mickey Morton ... Milt
Bobby Hall ... Artie
Jack Baker ... Dance Director


Vain, arrogant, fading movie star Anne Marion calls a press conference to announce plans for an autobiography. Then, a bomb goes off. The actress hires Intertect and, after a look at available operatives, decides Mannix is her man. The assumption was the bomb was a publicity stunt. Mannix visits one of Anne's ex-husbands, who performs special effects work. The bomb was supposed to be a dud. Mannix is convinced that someone wants to do the actress harm. She has three suspicious ex-husbands, one of whom is an arrogant hothead, the other who employs shady and violent bodyguards. Mannix decides to make himself a target by having Anne's college-age daughter take the diary of the actress and letting the ex-husbands know it. Are of one of them the potential killer? Or is it somebody else? Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

6 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The two reporters featured in the opening scene are Rona Barrett and Army Archerd, both of whom were actually real-life columnists focused on Hollywood news and gossip. See more »


Anne Marion: Look, I may not tell the truth, but I certainly never lie!
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Wow...did I hate that woman!
19 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Jan Sterling plays a rather annoying and despicable aging actress. In order to draw attention to herself, she decides to write a tell-all book--and soon someone is trying to kill her--and in dramatic fashion. When the show begins, she arranges for her ex-husband to build a fake bomb for a publicity stunt--and someone fixes it so it's real--and nearly kills her. Against his better judgment, Mannix takes the case--but soon regrets it because he finds he just can't stand this woman. Believe can understand his feelings!

This is a decent episode of "Mannix" and one interesting thing about it are the guest stars--the famous Army Archerd (a columnist for 'Variety') and Rona Barrett (the famous Hollywood gossip columnist). The plot is interesting and I enjoyed this one.

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