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Banacek: Let's Hear it for a Living Legend

On a gridiron, Hank Ives takes the hand off, tries to go around the end, and ends up at the bottom of a pile! When the men get up, there is only Ives' helmet. Is it a publicity stunt, as the media believe? And if not - how do you kidnap someone from the bottom of a pile in front of 50,000 fans? That's the mystery Banacek must solve.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Wednesday September 13th, 1972

Director: Jack Smight
Writer: Del Reisman

Special Guest Stars
John BrodieJohn Brodie
As Ritchie Mulligan

Guest Stars
Stefanie PowersStefanie Powers
As Angie Ives
Madlyn RhueMadlyn Rhue
As Holly Allencamp
Robert Webber (1)Robert Webber (1)
As Jerry Brinkman
Deacon JonesDeacon Jones
As Joe Fabian
Tom MackTom Mack
As Ed Wolinski
Gene WashingtonGene Washington
As Clay Mills
Clancy WilliamsClancy Williams
As Walter Hicks

Co-Guest Stars
Ralph ManzaRalph Manza
As Jay Drury
John FinneganJohn Finnegan
As Lt. Hallohan
Peggy Walton-WalkerPeggy Walton-Walker
As Dr. Judy Forrest (as :Peggy Walton)
Byron MorrowByron Morrow
As Grant
Conrad JanisConrad Janis
As Television Sports Director
Michael LernerMichael Lerner
As Bartender
Jock MahoneyJock Mahoney
As Albert Bates
Curt GowdyCurt Gowdy
As Himself
Marty IngelsMarty Ingels
As Himself
Chuck MorrellChuck Morrell
As Hank Ives
Anitra FordAnitra Ford
As Susan
Colby ChesterColby Chester
As Corliss
Russell ArmsRussell Arms
As Ambulance Attendant
Bart BurnsBart Burns
As 1st Reporter
Bud FurilloBud Furillo
As 2nd Reporter
Chris ForbesChris Forbes
As Debbie
Main Cast
George PeppardGeorge Peppard
As Thomas Banacek
Murray MathesonMurray Matheson
As Felix Mulholland
Episode Quotes
Susan: What was that, honey? Some kind of trick play?
Banacek: If it was, it was called by a coach named Houdini.

Banacek: There is an old Polish proverb that says... "If you're not sure it's potato Borscht, there could be orphans working in the mine."

Felix: What did you see?
Banacek: Well, it wouldn't be fair.
Felix: To whom?
Banacek: To you. What if I helped you out and you won the game? I mean, how would you feel?
Felix: Better than if I lost the ruddy game through my own ineptitude.

Felix: By the way, have you seen the latest issue of Sports Illustrated?
Banacek: No, I've been busy.
Felix: Pick up a copy. Contains an article on the ritualistic ancestry of pro football, by Arnold Shore. Very definitive piece. Very brilliant research.
Banacek: Umm. Yours, I suppose.
Felix: What tipped you off? "Brilliant", or "definitive"?
Banacek: Your smirk, as a matter of fact.

Felix: Say, didn't Jay give you my message?
Banacek: Well, he was about to, but your accent is better.
Jay Drury: Yeah, well someday I'd like to hear his Sicilian.

Felix: By the way, there's an old English proverb that says... "the only thing worse than a devious Russian, is a sneaky Pole."
Banacek: You mean the only thing better.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAnthony Wilson
Executive ProducerGeorge Eckstein
ProducerHowie Horwitz
Music SupervisorHal Mooney
Set DecoratorJohn P. Austin
Director of PhotographySam Leavitt
Art DirectorGeorge Webb
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Music ScoreDavid Rose (1)
Film EditorRobert Watts
SoundEarl Schwarz
Assistant DirectorJack Barry (2)
Unit ManagerChristopher Christenberry
Executive Story ConsultantPaul Playdon
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
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