Banacek (1972–1974)
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The Three Million Dollar Piracy 

A royal wedding coach disappears from its shipping container, leaving only an approximate 12" square hole behind. Enter Banacek to make sense if it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Isaac Porter
Mario Fratelli
Felix Mulholland
Jay Drury
Diana Maitland
Hal Buckley ...
Doug Sanborn
Capt. Larkos
Bruno Aufderheidie
Leona Sanborn
Rudy Challenger ...
Lila Porter
Jeane Manson ...
Wilda Porter (as Jean Manson)


A three-million dollar wedding coach, being sent overseas, disappears shortly after being placed into a shipping container and loaded aboard ship, under the watchful eyes of two Boston Insurance Company employees. Enter Banacek, who must figure out the puzzling theft and find the coach before the ship sails to collect his ten percent. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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21 November 1973 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the ship is the "Molly Pitcher." This was the nickname of a woman that carried pitchers of water to American soldiers at the Battle of Monmouth (New Jersey), and who also served as a part of a cannon crew. See more »


Banacek's solution shows that the robbery couldn't have worked as it was supposed to have. Because the shipping container had to be raised high enough to clear the obstacle, Kirkland and DeWitt would have been able to see the trick in operation from their vantage point. See more »


Thomas Banacek: [to Mario Fratelli] Yes, well, there's an old Polish proverb that says, "Even though a man anoint himself with fragrant oils, he can still wind up with a broken face."
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References The Hollywood Squares (1965) See more »

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Will the ship sail?
24 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

The key to this particular Banacek episode is that there are two simultaneous attempts to steal a wedding coach that has been studded with precious jewels. The rather stupid and clumsy attempt is actually what uncovers the fact that the whole coach has been lifted in a very clever robbery. Had an alert Christine Belford not decided to take a last minute look in the cargo hold of Captain Titos Vandis's ship the really good thieves would have gotten away with it.

There's a little more humor in this Banacek episode than others. Belford has decided to actually marry uptight insurance drip Linden Chiles who George Peppard takes a laconic delight in upstaging and earning another big finder's fee from Chiles's company.

Besides those already mentioned there's both an amorous jeweler and first mate of the freighter played by Dick Gautier and Don Knight. Both are key to solving the mystery. Also Arlene Martel as the B picture actress who is set to marry an Mid-Eastern potentate is for whom the coach is intended. If Charles and Diana could have a royal wedding coach than she was certainly entitled to one.

And by God she got one and Martel sails with the coach as Banacek uncovers the solution before Vandis sails.

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