A king's ransom in precious coins vanishes from a hotel suite vault while the owners sleep only a few feet away. Banacek arrives to figure out how the impossible-to-open vault was so easily breached without a sign left behind.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Clark
Allen Markham
Matthew Donniger
Oliver Garson
Roland Garson
William Traylor ...
Mrs. Liddell
Dr. Bancroft
Will Hare ...


A valuable collection of coins (known as The Ten Kings) is about to be auctioned off. The owner checks into a hotel and places the coins in a high security safe in his room. He's the only one who knows the combination, yet the next morning he opens the safe and finds the coins gone. He calls the police, but since he's the only one who knows the combination, they and the insurance company assume he has them and is going to cry for his insurance. He calls Banacek, and Banacek starts by looking at the ones who were going to bid on the coins and see if any of them wanted to avoid paying him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com/edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 November 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Two more Star Trek guest alumni appear: Roger C. Carmel and Logan Ramsey. See more »


Like all episodes, the palm trees in the background belie the Boston setting for the Los Angeles filming locations. See more »


Thomas Banacek: Well, I'M just fine, Wendell. How are you?
Wendell Church: Fantastic. Woke up this morning with a terrible hangover, called that the Ten Kings had been stolen - that was good news, 'cause not only did I write the policy but Allen and Lydia Markham are very good friends of mine. Well, anyhow, I get over here and Hallohan and my own people tell me there are no clues, no leads, no anything. Then, I hear that the great turtle-necked Polish vulture's on the case - and there you were, walking right through the door.
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Quite the switcheroo
24 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Kevin McCarthy and wife Janis Paige check into a swank Boston hotel with their collection of valuable coins and put them into their room safe. But the next day they have vanished and once again Thomas Banacek has a big fat fee coming if he can find them. For once he doesn't have an exotic location to visit, he earns his money right at home and maybe even catches a Red Sox game in the off hours.

George Peppard has his usual collection of suspects, a very eager bank executive in Brenda Vaccaro who is insuring the coins, a pair of eccentric brother Logan Ramsey and Roger C. Carmel who are rich and are looking to acquire yet another rich man's toy. And there's nouveau riche Pernell Roberts who is looking to break into society at any cost.

It's only quite by accident that Peppard finds the clue that unravels the whole mystery of who did it. As to how it was done, let's say it was quite the switcheroo that enabled the culprit to pull it off.

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