The adventures of proud Polish-American detective Thomas Banacek.

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 Thomas Banacek (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Ralph Manza ...
 Jay Drury (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
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 Felix Mulholland (16 episodes, 1972-1974)
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Thomas Banacek is a clever and well-to-do insurance investigator living in Boston. He makes good money by solving the most intricate and unusual mysteries, and is very proud of his Polish heritage. His contacts include his street-smart chauffeur Jay and British bookstore owner Felix. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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20 March 1972 (USA)  »

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Banacek: Kova kyttä  »

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Trivia

None of the strange, supposedly "Polish" sayings liberally quoted by the lead character is genuine. They were all invented by the script writers with humorous effect in mind. On top of that, "Banacek" is a typical name from Slovakia, not Poland. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Banacek: No matter how warm the smile on the face of the sun, the cat still has her kittens under the porch.
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Edited into The NBC Tuesday Mystery Movie (1971) See more »

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There's an old Polish proverb ...
2 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Polish-American Thomas Banacek, antiques collector, insurance agent, and amateur sleuth, appeared in this enjoyable series in the early 1970s. Played by the lovely George Peppard, pre-A Team.

Each week he tries to solve a mystery, on commission of course, with the help of his rare bookseller friend, Felix (the peerless Murray Matheson), and his driver, Jay (the excellent Ralph Manza). Sometimes we got girl power too in the shape of feisty Carlie Kirkland (Christine Belford).

Banacek slides his way through each case with ease - whether tackling disappearances, drug running, gold bullion disappearances, and the like. He usually ends up with a pretty girl as well who he's met while he's been investigating.

Absolute rubbish but I loved it. And his catchphrase 'There's an old Polish proverb' must have suited Peppard as he wheeled it out again in his Chinatown TV movies some years later (as 'There's an old Chinese proverb', of course).


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