Banacek (1972–1974)
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Now You See Me, Now You Don't 

A stage magician vanishes in the middle of his act, as he is about to be arrested on suspicion of a $1,750,000 securities fraud. Banacek is called in to try to recover the missing money and solve the mystery of the disappearing man.

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Louise Merrick
Gretchen Corbett ...
Vicki Merrick
Jay Robinson ...
Bradley Merrick / Kurt Steiner
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Phil Ross (as Pat Harrington)
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Hal Parker
Ralph Manza ...
Lynette Mettey ...
Emily Parker (as Lynnette Mettey)
Bruce Gordon ...
Maxwell Barker
Phillip Pine ...
Ed Harvey
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Gloria Barker
Frank Maxwell ...
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Walter Peterson
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Shirley Cole
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A stage magician vanishes in the middle of his act, as he is about to be arrested on suspicion of a $1,750,000 securities fraud. Banacek is called in to try to recover the missing money and solve the mystery of the disappearing man.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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12 March 1974 (USA)  »

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This wasn't intended to be the final show off the series. The show had good ratings and was set to go for a third season until George Peppard pulled out. He was going through a divorce at the time, and he quit to prevent ex-wife Elizabeth Ashley from receiving a larger share of his earnings in the divorce settlement. Sadly, this ended any chance of a series revival during Peppard's lifetime, and another season was never made. See more »

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When Banacek and Vicki Merrick are having dinner, she refers to the Peter Marshall character as Hal Porter. ("I like Hal Porter, but..."). The credits list him as Hal Parker, and that's the name Louise Merrick (Nancy Olson) uses when introducing him to Banacek. See more »

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The Missing Man
2 March 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) heads to Las Vegas to find a stage magician named Merrick(played by Jay Robinson) who literally disappeared during his disappearing act, with authorities on his trail on suspicion of Securities fraud. Gretchen Corbett plays his assistant/daughter who knows nothing about the disappearance, but someone else on the stage sure does... Least of the series is not that interesting or surprising, especially the obvious twist ending, though fans may find it slightly passable. Ironically titled too as this became the unintended series finale due to unfortunate personal reasons of George Peppard. Sadly, this memorable character would never be seen or heard of again...


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