Banacek (1972–1974)
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Project Phoenix 

The multi-million dollar Phoenix, prototype for a revolutionary new car, disappears from a non-stop train en route to Boston - flat-car included. Banacek is called in to find the missing vehicle before a huge insurance claim must be paid.


Richard T. Heffron


Anthony Wilson (creator), David Moessinger


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Episode complete credited cast:
George Peppard ... Thomas Banacek
Joanna Pettet ... Christine Verdon
William Windom ... Harry Wexler
Herb Edelman ... Joe Taddenhurst
Bert Convy ... Douglas Ruderman
Percy Rodrigues ... Faldor
Peter Mark Richman ... Andy Cole
Murray Matheson ... Felix Mulholland
Ralph Manza ... Jay Drury
John Fiedler ... Paddle
Bruce Kirby ... Collier
Stafford Repp ... Police Chief
Warren Finnerty ... Whitey
Isaac Fields Isaac Fields ... Fats
Seamon Glass Seamon Glass ... Deke


Banacek gets the call when a revolutionary new car - the Phoenix - (and the flatcar to which it was attached) disappear from a moving train en route to Boston. While a business rival may be responsible, a hateful investigation rival tries to beat Banacek to the punch in solving this mystery. Key to figuring it out seems to be the poor treatment of a beautiful lady engineer and the "accidental" death of a hobo. Written by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

27 September 1972 (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?


William Windom, Percy Rodrigues, and John Fiedler appeared in Star Trek episodes. Peter Mark Richman would appear in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. See more »


The helicopter that Banacek takes off in from the train has a registration number of N4795R. When he lands from the same flight, the registration has changed to N7982J. See more »


Thomas Banacek: "Read the whole library, my son, but the cheese will still smell after four days." That's an old Polish proverb.
Felix Mulholland: Really? Well maybe it just takes an old Pole to understand it.
Thomas Banacek: No, it means that no matter how much you know, natural laws are natural laws, and you must put your faith in the Boston police.
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The Missing Car
28 February 2016 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) is called in on a case involving a top secret experimental car called the Phoenix that somehow went missing/was stolen en route by train to Boston, flat car and all. Two men working on the Phoenix(played by William Windom and Bert Convey) are of course very concerned, and suspect a former employee of involvement(played by the beautiful Joanna Pettet) and taking it to her former company headed by Andy Cole(played by Peter Mark Richman) Both deny any knowledge of the theft, and it will be quite a challenge for Thomas to decide the who, how, and why of the crime. Good cast here helps maintain interest in the twist-laden story,

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