The multi-million dollar Phoenix, prototype for a revolutionary new car, disappears from a non-stop train en route to Boston - flat-car included. Banacek is called in to find the missing vehicle before a huge insurance claim must be paid.

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The multi-million dollar Phoenix, prototype for a revolutionary new car, disappears from a non-stop train en route to Boston - flat-car included. Banacek is called in to find the missing vehicle before a huge insurance claim must be paid.

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27 September 1972 (USA)  »

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When Banacek mentions to Felix that he learned combat judo in the Marine Corps is true. George Peppard is a former U.S. Marine. See more »

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The helicopter that Banacek takes off in from the train has a registration number of N4795R, when he lands from the same flight the registration has changed to N7982J. See more »

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Thomas Banacek: Read the whole library my son, but the cheese will still smell after four days. That's an old Polish proverb.
Felix Mulholland: Really? Well maybe it just takes an old Pole to understand it.
Thomas Banacek: No. It means that no matter how much you know, natural laws are natural laws.
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Train robbery
22 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The prototype of a revolutionary automobile called The Phoenix is taken off a railroad flatcar while being transported at night. In fact the flatcar itself turns up missing in the cold light of day. The most unusual train robbery since Jesse James started the profession.

Of course George Peppard is called in for the job. As it turns out there is a fatality of a hobo who happened to hear if not see the thing go down, but the crooks are taking no chances. It takes Peppard to make the connection though.

The company it is robbed from is owned by William Windom and Bert Convy who recently fired designer Joanna Pettet for her being an industrial spy for rival Peter Mark Richman. All of these people are suspects though Banacek wouldn't like the idea of Pettet being the guilty party.

Solving thefts can be just as enjoyable as solving murders as so many other mystery series concentrated on. Here the murder is just a byproduct of the crime. Nice performance here by John Fiedler as one of the deceased hobo's pals.


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