A golden cross, on its way from a Mexican church to an American gangster anxious to reform his image, turns into worthless junk without ever leaving the possession of the couriers sent to ... See full summary »

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Gilbert Deretzo
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Alicia Danato
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John Weymouth
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Michele Lanier
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Paul Andros
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A golden cross, on its way from a Mexican church to an American gangster anxious to reform his image, turns into worthless junk without ever leaving the possession of the couriers sent to deliver it. Banacek must figure out where and how the switch was pulled off. Written by Anonymous

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Ahna Capri soon after starred for director Duke in what would prove to be the best feature film of their careers, Payday (1973), top lining Rip Torn as a down & out country singer, the forerunner of the acclaimed Jeff Bridges film Crazy Heart (2009). See more »

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The scenes of the Cadillac limo shown in the rural area and at the farm is a 1967. After Banacek's Mexico City visit, a 1968 limo is used as he returns to the farm. See more »

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Thomas Banacek: Twelve good horses and silver candlesticks won't stop the snow from falling in Bialystock. It's an old Polish saying.
Alicia Danato: Is there an old Polish translation?
Thomas Banacek: Well, I think it means there are some things money cannot buy.
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Double Crossed
23 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A pair of big screen veterans, Broderick Crawford and Victory Jory, head the guest cast of this Banacek episode as a pair of old time gangsters. In true gangster tradition Crawford buys a valuable cross encrusted with jewels and gold, kind of like a spiritual Maltese Falcon and was going to donate it to a church in Los Angeles. He got it from Jory through a ruse and Jory isn't happy.

The piety and affiliation for organized religion from some criminals never ceases to amaze me. So many in real life want to expiate their sins with acts like these.

Anyway someone pulls a Murphy switch and the cross that arrives in the Los Angeles Archdiocese is just a plain metal one. Unofficially George Peppard is working for the Archdiocese and they can sure afford his fee. A murder comes with the switch and Peppard solves both.

Like you thought he wouldn't.


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