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90 min (16 episodes)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy.
Country: USA
Release Date: 1972-09-13
Filming Locations: Apartments, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
George Peppard
Thomas Banacek
Ralph Manza
Jay Drury
Murray Matheson
Felix Mulholland
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When "Banacek" debuted as one-third of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie in September 1972, it rotated with "Madigan" (Richard Widmark) and "Cool Million" (James Farentino). During its second and final season, it shared its time-slot with three new shows: "Faraday and Company," "The Snoop Sisters," and "Tenafly." At mid-season 1974, only "Banacek" and "The Snoop Sisters" remained when the show moved to Tuesday.
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The cigars Banacek smoked were actually George Peppard's private stock of panatelas from Club 21 in New York (they were the same cigars he smoked as Hannibal Smith in The A-Team (1983)).
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None of the strange, supposedly "Polish" sayings liberally quoted by the lead character is genuine. They were all invented by the script writers with humorous effect in mind. On top of that, "Banacek" is a typical name from Slovakia, not Poland.
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Thomas Banacek: A duck with three wings and a loaf of bread is brother to the turkey.
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Thomas Banacek: No matter how warm the smile on the face of the sun, the cat still has her kittens under the porch.
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Thomas Banacek: It is harder for the spider to catch a fly than it is for the fly to catch a horse.
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Photos from cast
Gretchen Corbett Gene Dynarski Richard Jordan Margot Kidder Sabrina Scharf Louise Sorel Adele Yoshioka
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