Banacek (1972–1974)
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Let's Hear It for a Living Legend 

When a football player vanishes from the field in full view of network cameras and a live audience, it's up to Banacek to figure out how his kidnappers spirited him away without a trace.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angie Ives
Holly Allencamp
Jerry Brinkman
John Brodie ...
Ritchie Mulligan
Ben Davidson ...
Deacon Jones ...
Tom Mack ...
Ed Wolinski
Gene Washington ...
Clay Mills
Clancy Williams ...
Walt Hicks
Video Technician
Albert Bates
Curt Gowdy ...
Curt Gowdy
Charlie Jones ...
Charlie Jones


In the middle of a televised professional football game, star running back Hank Ives disappears from the bottom of a pileup. Insurance investigator Banacek, seeing the game on TV, soon looks into this curious vanishing act. Even though a ransom note arrives demanding two million dollars for Ives' safe return, Banacek suspects football promoter Jerry Brinkman of pulling off yet another crazy publicity stunt for which he is so well-known. Murder, however, makes it serious business. Written by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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13 September 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bartender seems to be especially appreciative for Banacek's $20.00 tip. After adjusting for inflation, that would be equivalent to $115 in 2016. That would also mean the $200 he gave to Holly would be worth $1145. See more »


On the play that sets the mystery, QB Mulligan gives the ball to RB Ives, who runs to the side with the ball, is tackled, and vanishes. The cameras return to Mulligan getting up with his knee issue and the football is on the ground behind him, but it would have been over in the pile with Ives. They show the helmet, but not the ball, on the side after the pile clears. Just as big a mystery as how Ives vanished is how did the ball get back to the middle of the field to Mulligan!! No one ever comments on this, although the play is replayed numerous times later. See more »


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The Missing Player
28 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) is called in on a case involving a missing football player named Ives who somehow disappeared during the game on live television in full view of the audience. The team owner(played by Robert Webber) is of course concerned, as is Ives' ex-wife(played by Stefanie Powers) but Banacek suspects a clever kidnapping, which of course is confirmed, as will be the near-certainty that it was a least a partial inside job to collect 2 million dollars in ransom. Can Thomas find the missing man before it is too late? Intriguing story at the heart here will satisfy fans of both mystery and Football. Ralph Manza as Jay Drury and Murray Matheson as Felix Mulholland round out the familiar supporting cast.

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