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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When "Banacek" debuted as one-third of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie in September 1972, it rotated with "Madigan" (Richard Widmark) and "Cool Million" (James Farentino). During its second and final season, it shared its time-slot with three new shows: "Faraday and Company," "The Snoop Sisters," and "Tenafly." At mid-season 1974, only "Banacek" and "The Snoop Sisters" remained when the show moved to Tuesday. See more »

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Thomas Banacek: Though the hippopotamus has no sting on its tail, the wise man would still rather be sat on by a bee.
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BANACEK WAS THE COOL-EST!!!
12 July 1999 | by (NEW JERSEY, USA) – See all my reviews

George Peppard WAS the show. Short hair when long hair was cool, wealthy and Bostonian, a ladies man with no equal, and the ability to solve impossible thefts for the insurance reward money. He was the man to see when all else failed. I still watch the re-runs when I get the chance. Sadly, too few shows were made. It was one of the four rotating Mystery Movies on NBC for a time. Supposedly, George Peppard walked away from a successful series because of the grind of the show. He was in nearly every scene and had to do voice overs too. Or else, one problem with the show that may have led to the decision to end the series was that, although entertaining and having great characters, the crimes were starting to get derivative and easier for the viewer to know the general solution to the problem in hand.

The inspiration for this show, for me, was the movie, THE THOMAS CROWNE AFFAIR. Take the important bits of the movie, a brilliant crime, Boston, wealth, the upper-crust life style, an insurance detective, and change the star from the thief to the recovery expert and you have the TV series, BANACEK. Of course, the added "hook" was making him Polish. This brand of Polish was the antithesis of every joke you've ever heard.

It would have been nice had George Peppard made some BANACEK REVISITED shows before he died. Like the NEW PERRY MASON, they would have been welcomed by his many fans. Peppard owned the role. Someone may play a similar role again, but they will not re-create the BANACEK mystique. George Peppard put his mark on that character for all time.......


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