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Banacek: No Sign Of The Cross

Aging mobster Gilbert DeRetzo faced serious illness, and this caused certain reassessments. One of these led to him purchasing the Cross of Bayonne from a rival, and then donating the priceless golden and bejeweled relic to the Church. He arranges couriers from his home in Mexico (he cannot himself enter the United States). One pair will take it to the border and convey it to a second pair. They will take it the rest of the way. DeRetzo seals the cross into a case and handcuffs this to a priest. At the archdiocese a priest opens the case. Inside is a cross-shaped chunk of metal. Who stole the cross without disturbing the seal and under the noses of its couriers? And how?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 103
Airdate: Wednesday October 11th, 1972

Special Guest Stars
Victor JoryVictor Jory
As Paul Andros

Guest Stars
Broderick CrawfordBroderick Crawford
As Gilbert Deretzo
Louise SorelLouise Sorel
As Alicia Danato
Gordon PinsentGordon Pinsent
As John Weymouth
Jack MacGowranJack MacGowran
As Michele Lanier

Co-Guest Stars
Ralph ManzaRalph Manza
As Jay Drury
Alan FudgeAlan Fudge
As Father Cass
Ned RomeroNed Romero
As Chief Mendoza (Frank Mendoza)
Ahna CapriAhna Capri
As Mme. Pompadour
Peter DonatPeter Donat
As Robert Morgan
Kermit MurdockKermit Murdock
As Archbishop
Peter BroccoPeter Brocco
As Cardinal (Cardinal Joyner)
Annette CardonaAnnette Cardona
As Cecelia Gomez
Ruben MorenoRuben Moreno
As Colonel Perez
Julio MedinaJulio Medina
As Padre Borda
Alfonso TafoyaAlfonso Tafoya
As Anselmo Gomez
Francisco OrtegaFrancisco Ortega
As Padre Guillermo
Pedro RegasPedro Regas
As Old Mexican
Adele YoshiokaAdele Yoshioka
As Receptionist
Erica HagenErica Hagen
As Bikini Girl
Paul GleasonPaul Gleason
As Border Guard
Main Cast
George PeppardGeorge Peppard
As Thomas Banacek
Episode Quotes
Cardinal: It disappeared without a trace. Almost as if... by magic.
Banacek: Well, I believe in an occasional miracle, but not in magic.

Cardinal: Of course, there are enough slivers of wood in the world from the True Cross to make a whole forest of crosses.

Banacek: "Twelve good horses and silver candlesticks won't stop the snow falling in Bialystok." It's an old Polish proverb saying.
Alisa Donato: Is there an old Polish translation?
Banacek: Well, I think it means, there's some things money can't buy.

Gilbert Deretzo: I don't know how he did it, but I know he's got it.
Banacek: Okay, I'll go to him and ask him to give it back.

Gilbert Deretzo: Look, Banana-check.
Banacek: Banacek.
Gilbert Deretzo: All right, have it your way.

Alicia Danato: Oh, I'm sure Mr. Banacek is used to bikinis by now.
Banacek: Fortunately, never quite.

Gilbert Deretzo: You really Polish?
Banacek: That's right.
Gilbert Deretzo: Both sides?
Banacek: All sides.

Jay: "Dig," he says. Dig what? What does he think I am, some kind of archie-ologist?

Jay: Oh, I got us a real nice hotel right in the middle of Beverly Hills, with a swimming pool and everything.
Banacek: What's everything?
Jay: I don't know, everything, like color TV, and the drinking glasses in the bathroom... they're all wrapped up.
Banacek: Nice.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAnthony Wilson
Executive ProducerGeorge Eckstein
ProducerHowie Horwitz
Music SupervisorHal Mooney
Set DecoratorFrank J. Rafferty  |  Jerry Adams
Director of PhotographySam Leavitt
Art DirectorGeorge Webb
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Music ScoreAllyn Ferguson  |  Jack Elliott (1)
Film EditorBill Brame
SoundRobert R. Bertrand
Assistant DirectorFoster Phinney
Unit ManagerBen Bishop (3)
Executive Story ConsultantPaul Playdon
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
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