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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
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Jimmy Sangster obituary
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Jimmy Sangster obituary
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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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Runtime:
90 min (16 episodes)
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Color (Technicolor)
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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:If your socks are not in your shoes, don't look for them in Heaven.See more »
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FAQ

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No scrounging for his fees, 21 August 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

George Peppard plays the title role in this series of Thomas Banacek, a street smart detective who works on retainer for insurance companies. He's the furthest thing from Jim Rockford who scrounges for work. No, Banacek is well paid for his cases.

He also has an old time petty crook played by Ralph Manza as a chauffeur and the tweedy and very British Murray Matheson to do his research. I'm sure they're well compensated also.

Peppard's character was interesting and intelligent and favored Agatha Christie like gathering of the suspects when all will be revealed when he solves a case. The show was more of a how it was done rather than a whodunit. With Banacek it was always the 'how'.

Ironically this limited series as it shared the NBC Mystery Movie time slot with three others only had a two season run and 17 episodes. I found it better than the A Team. But that show is what most remember George Peppard for.

Ironic, isn't it.

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