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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
13 September 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventures of proud Polish-American detective Thomas Banacek. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
Win Banacek Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD
 (From HeyUGuys. 10 February 2014, 3:00 AM, PST)

Jimmy Sangster obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 21 August 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

Jimmy Sangster obituary
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User Reviews:
BANACEK WAS THE COOL-EST!!! See more (11 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 12)

George Peppard ... 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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Series Directed by
Bernard L. Kowalski (4 episodes, 1972-1974)
Richard T. Heffron (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jack Smight (2 episodes, 1972)
Andrew V. McLaglen (2 episodes, 1973-1974)

Theodore J. Flicker (unknown episodes)
Jimmy Sangster (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Anthony Wilson (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Robert Van Scoyk (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Stanley Ralph Ross (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Harold Livingston (2 episodes, 1974)

William Link (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
George Eckstein .... executive producer / producer (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Howie Horwitz .... producer (16 episodes, 1972-1974)

Paul Playdon .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Jack Elliott (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Allyn Ferguson (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Billy Goldenberg (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Dick DeBenedictis (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert Watts (9 episodes, 1972-1974)
Albert J.J. Zúñiga (4 episodes, 1973-1974)
Bill Brame (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Art Direction by
George C. Webb (9 episodes, 1972-1973)
Sydney Z. Litwack (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jerry Adams (14 episodes, 1972-1974)
Frank Rafferty (2 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Costume Design by
Grady Hunt (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
 
Series Production Management
Jim Hogan .... unit manager (11 episodes, 1973-1974)
Ben Bishop .... unit manager (3 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Reuben L. Watt .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1972-1974)
George Peppard .... second unit director (7 episodes, 1973-1974)
Foster H. Phinney .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1972-1974)
 
Series Sound Department
Don Sharpless .... sound (6 episodes, 1973-1974)
John R. Carter .... sound (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Vic Carpenter .... sound (2 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Ralph Manza (9 episodes, 1972-1974)

Denny Arnold .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Bob Herron .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
 
Series Music Department
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (17 episodes, 1972-1974)
Quincy Jones .... composer: "Wednesday Mystery Movie" theme (8 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles (16 episodes, 1972-1974)
Robert Van Scoyk .... executive story consultant (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
Paul Playdon .... executive story consultant (7 episodes, 1972-1973)
 

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90 min (16 episodes)
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Did You Know?

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:If your socks are not in your shoes, don't look for them in Heaven.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Universal Story (1995) (TV)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
BANACEK WAS THE COOL-EST!!!, 12 July 1999
Author: gary renfield (gary_renfield@email.com) from NEW JERSEY, USA

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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