Banacek (1972–1974)

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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)
Murray Matheson ...
 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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The classic car used in the series is a 1942 Packard 180 with a Victoria body by Darrin. See more »

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Thomas Banacek: A wise man never tries to warm himself in front of a painting of a fire.
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A wonderful but flawed show.
17 September 2002 | by (San Jose, California, USA) – See all my reviews

This was my favorite show growing up as a teenager in the 1970s. It doesn't hold up that well due to the embarrassingly sexist dialog in literally every episode, but if you can overlook that unfortunate aspect of the show, it's a lot of fun even now. It had great plots, a wonderful theme song, dry humor and wonderful stock characters.

Ralph Manza, who played Banacek's Chauffer, never failed to crack me up with his "theories" about how the thieves pulled off the job.

Murray Matheson played Felix Mulholland, the owner of Mulholland's Rare Books, who possessed a compendium of arcane knowledge that Banacek would draw upon to obtain important technical information needed for solving the crime.

Christine Belford played Carlie Kirkland, Banacek's competitor and sometimes love interest. She deserved better than those sexist scripts, but I think she did a fine job considering the two-dimensionality of her character.

Every episode had an "Old Polish Proverb" that Banacek would recite with great humor.


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