A small but powerful prototype engine sits sealed in a rotating display case in the middle of a crowded trade-show floor. A power failure turns out the lights for a few seconds, and when ... See full summary »

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Christine Belford ...
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A small but powerful prototype engine sits sealed in a rotating display case in the middle of a crowded trade-show floor. A power failure turns out the lights for a few seconds, and when the lights return, the rocket engine has vanished. Banacek must beat his competition to the solution before Federal agents step in. Written by Anonymous

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12 February 1974 (USA)  »

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Cherry Saint-Saens, with plain fingernails, visits Banacek. She picks up The Boston Chronicle newspaper and, in the closeup of her hands holding it, her fingernails have red polish on them. When she puts down the newspaper and embraces Banacek, her fingernails are plain again. See more »

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Thomas Banacek: [to Tom Wardlow] There's an old Polish proverb that says: If the butterfly had teeth like the tiger, it would never make it out of the hanger.
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The Missing Engine
1 March 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) is called in on a case involving an innovative prototype engine that is on a rotating display in a science and technology trade show that somehow vanishes/is stolen after a brief power failure. Linda Evans plays the head of the trade show, and is also a long ago friend of Banacek's. Andrew Prine plays the angry, paranoid designer of the engine who wants it back, Don Gordon plays a military man who professes a prior claim on the engine, and Dick Van Patten stars as a seemingly hapless inventor whose invention was damaged in the power outage. How was this theft pulled off, and by who? Lively episode with the expected clever resolution that an astute viewer may well figure out, though this is still entertaining.


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