Banacek (1972–1974)
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The little prototype rocket engine that could outperform standard, larger engines disappears while exhibited in a science and industry expo. Tempers, already burning, flair.


Andrew V. McLaglen


Anthony Wilson (creator), Robert Van Scoyk


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Thomas Banacek
Christine Belford ... Carlie Kirkland
Linda Evans ... Cherry Saint-Saëns
Andrew Prine ... Tom Wardlow
Don Gordon ... Buck Powell
Tom Drake ... Roger Fanshion
Philip Carey ... Art Gallagher
Murray Matheson ... Felix Mulholland
Ralph Manza ... Jay Drury
Roy Poole ... Det. Garrett
George Murdock ... Cavanaugh
Dick Van Patten ... Donald Morgan
Polly Middleton Polly Middleton ... Beautiful Girl
Robert Rothwell ... Officer Lonigan
Jayne Kennedy ... Girl Demonstrator


A small but powerful prototype engine sits sealed in a rotating display case in the middle of a crowded trade-show floor. A power failure cuts the lights for a few seconds, during which the 600-pound rocket engine vanishes. With tempers already burning between inventor and government reps over ownership rights, Banacek must beat his competitor (Carlie Kirkland) to the solution without getting burned in the firestorm. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

12 February 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?


Linda Evans is probably best known for playing Krystal Carrington on Dynasty (1981-1989). George Leopard was the original choice to play Blake Carrington. See more »


Cherry Saint-Saens, with plain fingernails, visits Banacek. She picks up The Boston Chronicle newspaper and, in the closeup of her hands holding it, her fingernails have red polish on them. When she puts down the newspaper and embraces Banacek, her fingernails are plain again. See more »


Art Gallagher: What's a matter, pal? You don't dig contact sports?
Thomas Banacek: Not with men.
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The Missing Engine
1 March 2016 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) is called in on a case involving an innovative prototype engine that is on a rotating display in a science and technology trade show that somehow vanishes/is stolen after a brief power failure. Linda Evans plays the head of the trade show, and is also a long ago friend of Banacek's. Andrew Prine plays the angry, paranoid designer of the engine who wants it back, Don Gordon plays a military man who professes a prior claim on the engine, and Dick Van Patten stars as a seemingly hapless inventor whose invention was damaged in the power outage. How was this theft pulled off, and by who? Lively episode with the expected clever resolution that an astute viewer may well figure out, though this is still entertaining.

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