Banacek (1972–1974)
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Detour to Nowhere 

An insurance investigator tries to find an armored car carrying gold bullion that disappeared in the middle of a deserted Texas highway.





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Belford ...
Carlie Kirkland
Don Dubbins ...
Sheriff Jessup
Murray Matheson ...
Earl Lewis
Charles Robinson ...
Arthur Patrick McKinney (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Ralph Manza ...
Geoff Holden
Victor Mohica ...
Indian Joe Hawk
Lou Frizzell ...
Gene Dynarski ...
Loser Griffin
Mario Machado ...
1st Newscaster


An insurance investigator tries to find an armored car carrying gold bullion that disappeared in the middle of a deserted Texas highway.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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20 March 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Banacek picks on Boston Insurance the most because their building was built on the site where he was born and raised. See more »


Carlie Kirkland: Don't you like anything new?
Thomas Banacek: You're new... at least to me.
Carlie Kirkland: You know what I mean.
Thomas Banacek: It's not a question of "old" or "new", it's a question of good or bad. We've got about, maybe, 10 years of "new". And thousands of years of "old".
Carlie Kirkland: Meaning?
Thomas Banacek: Well, the odds are there are more good "old" things than good "new" ones.
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First-Rate Pilot To TV Series.
23 August 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

George Peppard debuts as Thomas Banacek in this highly entertaining pilot film to the subsequent TV series, as he plays a freelance Boston-based insurance investigator who goes to Texas to look into the mysterious disappearance of an armored car carrying Gold Bullion. Where did it go in the middle of the desert? Answer is most satisfying, as are the twists and turns in the plot.

Peppard portrays Banacek with the remarkable confidence(hated by his rivals!) but undeniable intelligence and moral conviction he would carry over into the (too brief) TV series. We are also introduced to his chauffeur Jay Drury(played nicely by Ralph Manza), confidant Felix Mulholland(the wonderful veteran actor Murray Matheson) and Carlie Kirkland,(Christine Belford, charmed by Banacek despite her resentment.)

How to do a pilot film right!

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