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 Posted:   Dec 6, 2015 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I've always believed that Joe Mannix was the private investigator who represented the "Silent Majority" during the tumultuous late Sixties and early Seventies, as he imo reflected their beliefs, concerns, and represented the way the "Greatest Generation" would hope to be. Joe was straight and narrow in that he worked closely with the police, never broke the law, yet had a fierce sense of independence, which was something that used to be commonplace in the American character. Mannix also saw the Counterculture in a balanced, if not completely sympathetic way.


Right on! Keep moving! Can you dig it? Groovy, maaaan!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2015 - 9:52 AM   
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 Posted:   Dec 6, 2015 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've started on a Mannix rewatch of all eight seasons program. Season one shows a Joe Mannix who is a lot tougher and more Mike Hammer-like in his attitude; something that would soften considerably in subsequent seasons. Mannix is still caring and compassionate, but he's a lot quicker to crack wise and get into a scrape than he would in future seasons (whch was still a LOT).

I've lost track of the number of times he is talking with an unlit cigarette bouncing up and down in his yap. Mannix smokes almost constantly.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2015 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Mannix also saw the Counterculture in a balanced, if not completely sympathetic way.

He was a man ahead of his time. With all we know now about the counter culture, it has to be admitted that it was a lot of tearing down and very little building up. Mostly it was a lot of white posers being "principled" whilst using up the wealth gathered by their parents' and grand parents' hard work and endurance. And what's worse: history is repeating itself on Universities where the PC-facismo is making it's ugly presence felt.

D.S.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2015 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Mannix also saw the Counterculture in a balanced, if not completely sympathetic way.

He was a man ahead of his time. With all we know now about the counter culture, it has to be admitted that it was a lot of tearing down and very little building up. Mostly it was a lot of white posers being "principled" whilst using up the wealth gathered by their parents' and grand parents' hard work and endurance. And what's worse: history is repeating itself on Universities where the PC-facismo is making it's ugly presence felt.

D.S.


That's probably a discussion for another (most likely forbidden) thread, but we are in agreement here. smile

 
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