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Banacek: A Million the Hard Way

As a publicity stunt, reclusive billionaire Jonathan Jackson puts a million dollars on display at his casino, right on the gaming floor. It's in a tamper proof case, watched by two guards. When Big Betty (a progressive $10,000 slot machine) hits the jackpot, the guards take their eyes off the money for fifteen seconds. In that short interval, it vanishes completely! Jackson hires Banacek to find out what happened.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 104
Airdate: Wednesday November 01st, 1972

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Guest Stars
Margot Kidder
As Linda Carsini
Don Porter
As Arnold Leland

Co-Guest Stars
Ralph Manza
As Jay Drury
Don Keefer
As Loomis
Barry Russo
As Lester Sawyer (as J. Duke Russo)
Claire Brennen
As Betty Janus
Angela Greene
As Marcia
Dolores Quinton
As Edna Beach
Harvey Fisher
As Andrews
Russ Marin
As Flanders
Kathleen King
As 1st Girl
Inga Neilsen
As 2nd Girl
Stanley Ralph Ross
As Larry Fields
Mark Harris (1)
As Chauffeur
Mary Ann Gibson
As Florence
Main Cast
George Peppard
As Thomas Banacek
Murray Matheson
As Felix Mulholland
Episode Quotes
Thomas Banacek:
There is an old Polish proverb that says, "A twisting road will take you to Warsaw, but you won't be bored."

Cultural References
“The hard way” is a term from the dice game craps, which is played in the episode (set largely in a casino). It refers to the roll which is the sum of two identical dice. In craps, these are even numbers 4, 6, 8, or 10. One might roll a 6 as 1,5 or 2,4 or 3,3 or 4,2 or 5,1. Only one of these possibilities is the sum of identical values, while there are several combinations (collectively referred to as the “easy way”) that are the sum of differing values. There are fewer hard way rolls than easy way rolls, hence the name.

Jonathan Jackson is a reclusive billionaire who lives on the top floor of his casino. No one has seen him in years. As a rough sketch, this is the lifestyle of billionaire Howard Hughes near the end of his life. In Hughes case, this lifestyle was a consequence of various illnesses.

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 EditorRobert Watts
SoundVic Carpenter
Assistant DirectorReuben L. Watt
Unit ManagerBen Bishop (3)
Executive Story ConsultantPaul Playdon
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
CostumesGrady Hunt
Theme MusicQuincy Jones
Warning: Banacek season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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