Banacek (1972–1974)
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No Sign of the Cross 

A miraculous mystery: a priceless gold crucifix seemingly transforms into worthless iron while en route from a retired gangster in Mexico to a church in LA.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Thomas Banacek
... Gilbert Deretzo
... Alicia Danato
... John Weymouth
... Michele Lanier
... Paul Andros
... Jay Drury
... Chief Frank Mendoza
... Mme. Pompadour
... Robert Morgan
... Archbishop
... Cardinal
... Cecelia Gomez (as Annette Cardona)
... Father Cass
Ruben Moreno ... Colonel Perez


A long-missing. bejeweled gold cross, on its way to LA from a retired American gangster in Mexico anxious to reform his image, turns into worthless junk without ever leaving the possession of the couriers assigned to its delivery. The church asks Banacek to figure out where and how the switch was pulled off. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 October 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title uses the term 'The Sign of the Cross' which is a ritual hand motion made by Christians symbolizing the Cross on Calvary by tracing the shape of the cross in the air or on one's own body. See more »


The scenes of the Cadillac limo shown in the rural area and at the farm is a 1967. After Banacek's Mexico City visit, a 1968 limo is used as he returns to the farm. See more »


Jay Drury: Now, why would a crazy anglo want to sit here day after day all by himself shooting at empty beer cans?
Thomas Banacek: Because there's no TV.
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References The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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The Missing Cross
28 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) is called in by the Catholic Church in order to recover a golden cross stolen en-route by couriers in Mexico that is of much religious and monetary value. It was purchased from a third party by a former American gangster(played by Broderick Crawford) because he wants to try to redeem himself in the eyes of God, as he is in ill-health. He suspects another gangster and hated rival(played by Victor Jory), of the theft, but Thomas isn't so sure, as there are a variety of suspects to choose from. Rambling episode isn't that memorable but still reasonably entertaining. Murray Matheson as Felix Mullholland is absent, though Ralph Manza as Jay Drury at least appears.

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