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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

  • Currently 7.5/10
7.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
John Brodie
As Ritchie Mulligan

Guest Stars
Byron Morrow
As Grant
Stefanie Powers
As Angie Ives
Madlyn Rhue
As Holly Allencamp
Robert Webber (1)
As Jerry Brinkman
Deacon Jones
As Joe Fabian
Tom Mack
As Ed Wolinski
Gene Washington
As Clay Mills
Clancy Williams
As Walter Hicks

Co-Guest Stars
Ralph Manza
As Jay Drury
John Finnegan
As Lt. Hallohan
Peggy Walton-Walker
As Dr. Judy Forrest
Conrad Janis
As Television Sports Director
Michael Lerner
As Bartender
Jock Mahoney
As Albert Bates
Curt Gowdy
As Himself
Marty Ingels
As Himself
Chuck Morrell
As Hank Ives
Anitra Ford
As Susan
Colby Chester
As Corliss
Russell Arms
As Ambulance Attendant
Bart Burns
As 1st Reporter
Bud Furillo
As 2nd Reporter
Chris Forbes
As Debbie
Main Cast
George Peppard
As Thomas Banacek
Murray Matheson
As Felix Mulholland
Episode Quotes
Thomas 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 Mulholland:
There is an old English proverb that says... "the only thing worse than a devious Russian, is a sneaky Pole."
Thomas 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
Warning: Banacek season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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