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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Episode complete credited cast:
Christine Verdon
Harry Wexler
Joe Taddenhurst
Douglas Ruderman
Andy Cole
Police Chief
Warren Finnerty ...
Isaac Fields ...
Seamon Glass ...


Banacek gets the call when a revolutionary new car - the Phoenix - (and the flatcar to which it was attached) disappear from a moving train en route to Boston. While a business rival may be responsible, a hateful investigation rival tries to beat Banacek to the punch in solving this mystery. Key to figuring it out seems to be the poor treatment of a beautiful lady engineer and the "accidental" death of a hobo. Written by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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27 September 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When George Peppard, as Banacek, tells Felix he learned combat judo in the Marine Corps, that's true. George Peppard is a former U.S. Marine. See more »


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 »


Joe Taddenhurst: Why do I always have the feeling you're zinging me?
Thomas Banacek: I suppose you're a very sensitive man.
Joe Taddenhurst: I really can't stand the sight of you. You know that?
Thomas Banacek: [laughs] Does that mean you're gonna change your will?
Joe Taddenhurst: No. That means I'm gonna do everything I can to beat your arrogant rear end to that car.
Thomas Banacek: Just when I was gonna tell you my theory. Too bad.
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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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