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

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Thomas Banacek 17 episodes, 1972-1974
...  Jay Drury 17 episodes, 1972-1974
...  Felix Mulholland 16 episodes, 1972-1974
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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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20 March 1972 (USA)  »

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

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Thomas Banacek: A wise man never tries to warm himself in front of a painting of a fire.
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Referenced in Up Late with Alec Baldwin: Episode #1.4 (2013) See more »

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George Peppard Was Smart, Smooth, and Tough.
17 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

George Peppard starred as Thomas Banacek, a private insurance investigator of Polish descent based in Boston who became involved in various insurance fraud cases involving art, books, coins, horses, etc. He demanded and received a big fee for his services, which made him a very wealthy man, and enabled him to live well indeed, and he was quite the natural ladies man, in just about every episode! He was helped by his sidekick/chauffeur Jay Drury, played by Ralph Manza, whose theories about the cases were always wrong, and also Murray Matheson as Felix Mulholland, a book seller who provided Banacek with vital information he needed to solve his cases, all of which were very entertaining.

This had a memorably breezy theme, and was great fun to watch. Sadly, this only lasted two years and 17 episodes, because Peppard quit for personal reasons, which was a great pity, since this show could have gone on as long as "Columbo" did.


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