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


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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12 March 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The stolen funds of $1,750,000 would be equivalent to $8,500,000 in 2015 after adjusting for inflation. See more »


When Vicki pulled the trunk out from behind the curtain she should have notice her father's weight was missing while she pulled the box. 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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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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