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Banacek: The Two Million Clams of Cap'n Jack

A security guard boards an elevator carrying plates which may be used to engrave stock certificates. He'll carry it to the eighth floor where the presses are located. Between the vault floor and that floor this elevator has no external doors. It cannot go to the lower levels because of a series of steel bars that physically block its passage. The doors close and moments later they open on the eight floor – and only the case remains. Of the guard, the plates and the blank certificates there is no trace. For the usual ten percent, Banacek agrees to discover who stole the plates and how they did it. But he's got a deadline: if he can't find the plates in 48 hours it won't matter. The thieves will produce millions worth of fraudulent certificates, for sale or simply as collateral.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 108
Airdate: Wednesday February 07th, 1973

Guest Stars
Linden ChilesLinden Chiles
As Henry DeWitt
Jessica WalterJessica Walter
As Erica Osburn
Andrew DugganAndrew Duggan
As Cap'n Jack Osburn
David White (1)David White (1)
As W. Crawford Morgan
Jason EversJason Evers
As Roger Sloan
William SchallertWilliam Schallert
As Leo Osburn

Co-Guest Stars
Wally TaylorWally Taylor
As Ed Spencer
Fredd WayneFredd Wayne
As Stein
Gregory SierraGregory Sierra
As Esposito
Liam DunnLiam Dunn
As Hanrahan
Joan PringleJoan Pringle
As Ann Spencer
Selette ColeSelette Cole
As Lucille Sloan
Fredricka MeyersFredricka Meyers
As Nora (as Fredricka Myers)
Main Cast
George PeppardGeorge Peppard
As Thomas Banacek
Murray MathesonMurray Matheson
As Felix Mulholland
Ralph ManzaRalph Manza
As Jay Drury
Episode Quotes
DeWitt: How do you convince a man like Mr. Morgan that you're a combination of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Humphrey Bogart and Sherlock Holmes all rolled into one?
Banacek: Elementary, my dear Penniman... that's who I am! Only you left out the Green Hornet.

Cultural References
A character refers to Banacek as a combination of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Humphrey Bogart and Sherlock Holmes. Banacek adds in the Green Hornet. These refer to Banacek's skills at uncovering deception and solving problems. The Scarlet Pimpernel is an adventure novel set during the French Reign of Terror; the title character spirited French aristocrats out from under Robespierre and his revolutionaries, who desired to shorten them by a head. Humphrey Bogart was an American actor famous for no-nonsense tough guy roles. Sherlock Holmes, the fictional creation of Englishman Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, may have been the first detective to apply observation and intellect to solving crimes, as Banacek does. Like Banacek, the solutions to Doyle's mysteries frequently depended on the fact that Holmes noticed something no one else did, and realized its significance. Finally, the Green Hornet is a fictional “mystery man”, a vigilante who poses as a criminal to bring other criminals to justice. Like Banacek, he is chauffeur driven in an expensive car – but his chauffeur Kato is much more useful than Banacek's Jay Drury.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAnthony Wilson
Executive ProducerGeorge Eckstein
ProducerHowie Horwitz
Music SupervisorHal Mooney
Set DecoratorJerry Adams
Director of PhotographySam Leavitt
Art DirectorGeorge Webb
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Music ScoreAllyn Ferguson  |  Jack Elliott (1)
Film EditorSam Vitale
SoundEdwin S. Hall
Assistant DirectorReuben L. Watt
Unit ManagerJames Hogan
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
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