Banacek (1972–1974)
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Horse of a Slightly Different Color 

Oxford Don - currently THE most valuable race horse in the country - returns from his pre-race morning run a completely different horse. His new owner demands Banacek.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Howard James
Lane Bradbury ...
Jay Drury
Dean Barrett
Allen Ludden ...
The Interviewer
Anthony Mitchell
Bill Harmatz ...
Tim Diamond (as William Harmatz)
Chuck Smith
Robert Swan ...
Track Official


Thoroughbred-owner Katherine Wells finishes an interview at the track, then in confidence tells her horse trainer that she is quitting racing, having sold her prized thoroughbred for $5,000,000, and that, after its morning workout, the transfer would be official. Before his new owner and a camera crew, Oxford Don starts his quarter run, yet a different horse finishes - with no time to switch to a "Horse of a Slightly Different Color." It's another impossible puzzle for Banacek.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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22 January 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based on the expression: That's a horse of a different color. This was a major humorous scene after Dorothy and her companions enter the Emerald City in the MGM version of The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »


Katherine Wells: [to Howard] As long as I have known you, you have never been able to face an unpleasant fact!
Sally James: Oh, I don't know. He's faced *you* every day.
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The Missing Horse
1 March 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) is called in on a case involving a prized thoroughbred horse that somehow went missing/was swapped for another horse during a run around the track. The current owner named Katherine Wells(played by Anne Francis) is getting out of the business, though the horse's trainer(played by Tim O'Connor) and his beautiful daughter(played by Lane Bradbury) are very concerned about their beloved horse, and unhappy with money-minded Katherine, though there are other suspects like a rival horse owner(played by John Crawford) and his associate. Just who is responsible, and how was the switch pulled off? Entertaining and authentic-looking episode with a typically clever solution(that owes a nod to the celebrated "Sherlock Homes" short story 'Silver Blaze'). Pamela Hensley has a memorable guest spot at the beginning.

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