Banacek (1972–1974)
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The Greatest Collection of Them All 

Banacek figures out how $23 million worth of paintings vanished from a moving truck transporting them from New York to Boston.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Penny Fuller ...
Jason Trotter
Ralph Manza ...
Lloyd Gough ...
Alan Trotter
Larry Casey
Barbara Stuart ...
Eugene Troobnick ...
Norm Katz
Garry Walberg ...
Lt. Warsaw
Gene Dynarski ...
Sgt. Flynn


How can a $23 million dollar collection of paintings be put on a truck in New York, travel non-stop to Boston surrounded by guards, and yet all but one painting has disappeared by the time the truck arrives? Depend on Banacek to get the picture. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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24 January 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When security guards pull over the moving van that transported the now-missing artwork to Boston, a street-side movie marquee advertises: "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player" starring Elton John. It's the same marquee used for the cover photograph of the 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player' album released on MCA Records, then another Universal division. See more »


Thomas Banacek: There's an old Polish proverb that says... A wise man never tries to warm himself in front of a painting of a fire.
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Expensive art work disappears from a locked truck.
21 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Artwork, valued at around $23 million, is placed in locked crates and loaded into a moving truck. When they arrive at their destination, all the artwork except for one $3 million dollar piece has vanished.

Banacek is called to investigate. The insurance company 'suits' don't like that Banacek has such a good recovery ratio. Banacek's going recovery rate is 10% of $23 million.

It's a good who-done-it, by not divulging anything before hand. Enjoyable to watch as the 'drama' unfolds.

This era of television is acceptable for the whole family to watch. There's no explicit language or revealing outfits.

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