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Banacek: Project Phoenix

Project Phoenix is a prototype car. Its inventor claims it is safe enough to put casualty insurers out of business. He loads the prototype onto a flatcar for delivery to Boston; the train will not stop between loading and delivery, so the car cannot be hijacked. The train arrives in Boston, and the flatcar with its cargo is gone, somehow removed from a train that never slowed below 40mph! And there are no sidings between the two points. Banacek has to figure out how one might make a flatcar vanish or his employer will have to pay off a $5,000,000 insurance policy.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 102
Airdate: Wednesday September 27th, 1972

Special Guest Stars
Peter Mark RichmanPeter Mark Richman
As Andy Cole

Guest Stars
Joanna PettetJoanna Pettet
As Christine Verdon
William WindomWilliam Windom
As Harry Wexler
Herb EdelmanHerb Edelman
As Joe Thaddonhurst
Bert ConvyBert Convy
As Douglas Ruderman
Percy RodriguezPercy Rodriguez
As Mr. Faldor (as Percy Rodrigues)

Co-Guest Stars
Ralph ManzaRalph Manza
As Jay Drury
John FiedlerJohn Fiedler
As Paddle
Bruce KirbyBruce Kirby
As Collier
Stafford ReppStafford Repp
As Police Chief
Main Cast
George PeppardGeorge Peppard
As Thomas Banacek
Murray MathesonMurray Matheson
As Felix Mulholland
Episode Quotes
Joe Thaddonhurst: Well, I thought you were going to talk to the engineer and the brakeman, and the...
Banacek: I don't have to talk to anybody. You did your investigating for me. I forgot to say thanks, didn't I? Thanks.

Banacek: What are you doing?
Felix: I'm learning karate.
Banacek: Sitting down?
Felix: Do I detect a note of irony in your voice/
Banacek: I took combat judo in the Marine Corps, but as I remember, they didn't issue us any easy chairs.

Banacek: "Read the whole library my son, but the cheese will still smell after four days." That's an old Polish proverb.
Felix: Really? Well, maybe it just takes an old Pole to understand it.

Jay Drury: How was the lady engineer?
Banacek: Electrical, but not civil.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAnthony Wilson
Executive ProducerGeorge Eckstein
ProducerHowie Horwitz
Music SupervisorHal Mooney
Set DecoratorFrank J. Rafferty
Director of PhotographySam Leavitt
Art DirectorGeorge Webb
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Music ScoreAllyn Ferguson  |  Jack Elliott (1)
Film EditorRobert Watts
SoundRoger A. Parish
Assistant DirectorReuben L. Watt
Unit ManagerBud Brill
Executive Story ConsultantPaul Playdon
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
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