Banacek (1972–1974)
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Horse of a Slightly Different Color 

Oxford Don - currently THE most valuable race horse in the country - returns from his pre-race morning run a completely different horse. His new owner demands Banacek.


Herschel Daugherty


Anthony Wilson (creator), Jimmy Sangster | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Thomas Banacek
Anne Francis ... Katherine Wells
Tim O'Connor ... Howard James
Lane Bradbury Lane Bradbury ... Sally James
Ramon Bieri ... John Hargroves
Murray Matheson ... Felix Mulholland
John Crawford ... Owen Summers
Linden Chiles ... Henry DeWitt
Ralph Manza ... Jay Drury
Harry Carey Jr. ... Dean Barrett
Allen Ludden Allen Ludden ... The Interviewer
Willard Sage ... Anthony Mitchell
Bill Harmatz Bill Harmatz ... Tim Diamond (as William Harmatz)
Terry Wilson ... Chuck Smith
Robert Swan Robert Swan ... Track Official


Thoroughbred-owner Katherine Wells finishes an interview at the track, then in confidence tells her horse trainer that she is quitting racing, having sold her prized thoroughbred for $5,000,000, and that, after its morning workout, the transfer would be official. Before his new owner and a camera crew, Oxford Don starts his quarter run, yet a different horse finishes - with no time to switch to a "Horse of a Slightly Different Color." It's another impossible puzzle for Banacek.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






English | Italian

Release Date:

22 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the studio Banacek goes to (Globe Studios) is a thinly veiled reference to Universal, where the show was produced, as Universal use a globe of the Earth as its symbol. See more »


Thomas Banacek: There's an old Polish proverb that says, "The chicken that clucks the loudest is the one most likely to go to the steamfitters picnic."
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The Missing Horse
1 March 2016 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) is called in on a case involving a prized thoroughbred horse that somehow went missing/was swapped for another horse during a run around the track. The current owner named Katherine Wells(played by Anne Francis) is getting out of the business, though the horse's trainer(played by Tim O'Connor) and his beautiful daughter(played by Lane Bradbury) are very concerned about their beloved horse, and unhappy with money-minded Katherine, though there are other suspects like a rival horse owner(played by John Crawford) and his associate. Just who is responsible, and how was the switch pulled off? Entertaining and authentic-looking episode with a typically clever solution(that owes a nod to the celebrated "Sherlock Homes" short story 'Silver Blaze'). Pamela Hensley has a memorable guest spot at the beginning.

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