Banacek: Season 1, Episode 2

Project Phoenix (27 Sep. 1972)

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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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Christine Verdon
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Harry Wexler
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Joe Taddenhurst
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Douglas Ruderman
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Andy Cole
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Isaac Fields ...
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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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Project Phoenix
31 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this episode of Banacek on A&E in the 1990s, and I had no idea that 3 people who appeared on Night Gallery would turn up here--that is, I was unaware of it before I checked up on it. If I'm not mistaken, Banacek was racing against both time and Wexler to find out who was involved in the hijacking of the Phoenix prototype, and he contacted Christine (Joanna Pettet), one of the designers on the development team involved in the construction of the Phoenix, to gather information for that purpose, and during the interview he reminds Christine that Wexler isn't quite as accommodating as he is when it came to gathering such information. I admired Ms. Pettet's spunky performance as Christine in the interview sequence between her and Banacek, where she was really busting his chops, proving that Ms. Pettet is not only beautiful, she's got the intelligence, skills, and talent to interpret each role she was in during her career as an actress, along with plenty of backbone. Spoiler Alert: Check out the scene toward the episode's close in which Banacek is describing how the Phoenix prototype was hijacked in order to defraud the insurance company that hired him to discover its location. In it, you'll find that a helicopter was used to lift the flatcar containing the Phoenix away from the train and move it to a secret location.


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