Banacek (1972–1974)
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Merrick
Gretchen Corbett ...
Vicki Merrick
Jay Robinson ...
Bradley Merrick
Phil Ross (as Pat Harrington)
Hal Parker
Lynette Mettey ...
Emily Parker (as Lynnette Mettey)
Maxwell Barker
Phillip Pine ...
Ed Harvey
Gloria Barker
Walter Peterson
Shirley Cole

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Magician Bradley Merrick pulls off the greatest illusion of his career: disappearing right onstage before a packed theater surrounded by police ready to arrest him for embezzlement. Banacek is called in to find the missing man and the securities he allegedly stole and disappeared with. Keen to go on vacation, Banacek accepts the job after thinking it over and meets the one member of the magician's family who cares about him. Written by statmanjeff

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magician | stage | theater | theory | dog | See All (18) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery





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12 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This wasn't intended to be the final show of 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 »


When Banacek and Vicki Merrick have 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 »


Thomas Banacek: Why do they always get so excited? Every theft is like the first time. Everyone in the bonding business is a virgin.
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References Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) See more »

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Magician's trick
29 September 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

More red herrings are in this Banacek episode than you would find at the Fulton Fish Market. But the biggest problem for Banacek to solve here is whether the disappearance of the magician is tied to the disappearance of a few million in bonds that he had charge of. The police as represented by Frank Maxwell are operating under that assumption.

Jay Robinson is our magician, but that's a sideline as he worked in his late father-in-law's bank and this magic act performed with his daughter Gretchen Corbett was for a charity show. George Peppard is representing the bonding company who insured the bonds. He's getting his usual expensive fee which former gangland boss Bruce Gordon formerly of, where else Chicago wants to sweeten the pot. He's got his own reasons for wanting their return.

Who doesn't seem concerned is wife Nancy Olsen in itself strange. But this is a strange family.

This final Banacek seemed to come up lame and go off in all kinds of different directions. A sad ending to a short, but interesting series. It was better than Peppard's late A-Team.

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