Banacek (1972–1974)
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Rocket to Oblivion 

The little prototype rocket engine that could outperform standard, larger engines disappears while exhibited in a science and industry expo. Tempers, already burning, flair.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cherry Saint-Saëns
Jay Drury
Det. Garrett
Donald Morgan
Polly Middleton ...
Beautiful Girl
Officer Lonigan
Girl Demonstrator


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 cuts the lights for a few seconds, during which the 600-pound rocket engine vanishes. With tempers already burning between inventor and government reps over ownership rights, Banacek must beat his competitor (Carlie Kirkland) to the solution without getting burned in the firestorm. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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12 February 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Buck Powell: You know, I'm beginning to wonder about your reluctance to support the government's position on this.
Thomas Banacek: Well, I might as well confess. You'll probably find it out anyway. For some time I've maintained some very strong Polish links.
Buck Powell: Oh?
Thomas Banacek: Yes. About three pounds in my refrigerator. And I also have some rather suspicious red ties, but I hardly ever wear them.
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Engine Trouble
27 September 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A prototype rocket engine, the size of your car motor is the insured stolen object that Banacek has to recover. He's got your usual roomful of suspects when someone pulls the light switch and the object they were viewing disappears.

A lot of people are interested in this engine including its rather iconoclastic and obnoxious owner Andrew Prine who has everyone hating him before he's done. Don Gordon plays a Fed who is not overly fond of George Peppard's Polish wisdom. Hosting the exhibit is Linda Evans who Banacek has history with going way back.

This one is interesting and it's a real magician's trick that was used to pull off this caper. The only clue I'll give you is look at some of the other exhibits and think science fiction.

Nicely done.

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