Banacek (1972–1974)
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Fly Me- If You Can Find Me 

A jetliner blows its tires as it emergency lands in a middle-of-nowhere kind of small Nevada town. Through crippled, by dawn it's completely gone, and the pilot on guard duty dead. Banacek flies out to find the missing plane.


(as Bernard Kowalski)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Fowler
Brooke Collins
Lou Wayne
Patricia Quinn ...
Charlotte Malloy (as Pat Quinn)
Jay Drury
James Daris ...
Charles H. Gray ...
Capt. Dave Roberts
Carlos Romero ...
Sheriff Ortega
Stan Price
Andy Hall
Beverly Gill ...
Laurence Haddon ...
Joe Daley
Len Malloy


A charter company jetliner makes an emergency landing at a small desert airstrip, blowing all of its tires and leaving a shaken flight crew. The next morning finds the pilot left guarding the plane dead and the airstrip empty of the immovable aircraft. Enter Banacek - in a chauffeur-driven jeep - to sort out the convolutions of pilots, stewardesses, old business partners and more to learn where the crippled plane has gone. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 February 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While talking to the desk clerk Banacek asks about someone named Hester Prynne. The clerk has no idea who he is talking about, not knowing that Prynne was the protagonist of the novel The Scarlett Letter. Banacek says this a a joke, since the owner doesn't allow women in the rooms. See more »


When he's in his hotel room with Jay and Brooke, Banacek lights his cigar twice, once before he talks on the phone and then again after he hangs up, See more »


Desk Clerk: No radio or TV playin' after 10 o'clock at night, no alcoholic beverages ANY time, and NO women-folks in the rooms.
Desk Clerk: Enjoy your stay!
Thomas Banacek: How?
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References Circus Boy (1956) See more »

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The Missing Plane
2 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) is called in on a seemingly bizarre, perplexing case involving a charter jetliner that runs into trouble over the Nevada desert at night that makes a forced landing with six blown tires on an airstrip in a small town named Hangston that somehow goes missing the following morning! One of the three pilots who stayed behind to watch the plane is found dead, and the man who drove the other two pilots away that night also goes missing. Sterling Hayden plays a wealthy landowner named Tony Fowler who is the chief suspect, though there are others, including Victoria Principal as an alluring stewardess. Where did the plane go? Entertaining mystery creates a good atmosphere leading to the surprise twist ending. One of the best from this brief series.

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