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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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User Reviews:
Interesting And Enjoyable P.I. Drama See more (12 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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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Thomas Banacek:It is harder for the spider to catch a fly than it is for the fly to catch a horse.See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Interesting And Enjoyable P.I. Drama, 12 December 2002
Author: Big Movie Fan from England

Okay, Banacek wasn't exactly a P.I.-he was an investigator for the Boston Insurance Company who tracked down stolen goods for a generous commission. This show starred the late George Peppard ten years before he entertained us all as Hannibal in the A-Team.

Before I first saw this series, I thought to myself, "An insurance investigator-how boring." This series proved me wrong. Yes, Banacek was an insurance investigator but it was the items he tracked down that provided the entertainment. They were never small relatively cheap items, always something costing millions of dollars. In one of my favourite episodes, Banacek tried to track down a missing football player (yes, really).

Fans of Columbo will like this show as Banacek solved his cases whilst the rest of us scratched our heads wondering what was going on. There was a fair bit of action at times but it was the way in which Banacek would systematically solve the case that provided the bulk of the entertainment.

All in all, a fantastic show.

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