The adventures of proud Polish-American freelance insurance investigator Thomas Banacek.

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Anthony Wilson
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2   1  
1974   1973   1972  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
George Peppard ...  Thomas Banacek 17 episodes, 1972-1974
Ralph Manza ...  Jay Drury 17 episodes, 1972-1974
Murray Matheson ...  Felix Mulholland 16 episodes, 1972-1974
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Storyline

Thomas Banacek is a clever and well-to-do freelance insurance investigator living in Boston. He makes good money by solving the most intricate and unusual mysteries, and is very proud of his Polish heritage. His contacts include his street-smart chauffeur Jay and British bookstore owner Felix. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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High class and mystery is his platform for investigation

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Felix Mulholland's Book Store Phone Number is 555-9103 for the Premiere Movie and 555-0786 for the T.V. Series. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Banacek: Even though a man anoint himself with fragrant oils, he can still end up with a broken face.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: It Lives by Night (1999) See more »

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There's an old Polish proverb ...
2 April 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Polish-American Thomas Banacek, antiques collector, insurance agent, and amateur sleuth, appeared in this enjoyable series in the early 1970s. Played by the lovely George Peppard, pre-A Team. Each week he tries to solve a mystery, on commission of course, with the help of his rare bookseller friend, Felix (the peerless Murray Matheson), and his driver, Jay (the excellent Ralph Manza). Sometimes we got girl power too in the shape of feisty Carlie Kirkland (Christine Belford). Banacek slides his way through each case with ease - whether tackling disappearances, drug running, gold bullion disappearances, and the like. He usually ends up with a pretty girl as well who he's met while he's been investigating. Absolute rubbish but I loved it. And his catchphrase 'There's an old Polish proverb' must have suited Peppard as he wheeled it out again in his Chinatown TV movies some years later (as 'There's an old Chinese proverb', of course).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1972 (USA) See more »

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Banacek See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(16 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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