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    " High class and mystery is his platform for investigation"
    Runtime 1 hr 12 min – 1 hr 15 min
    Premiere: World March 31, 1973
    Channel NBC
    Premiere: USA March 20, 1972
    Production Companies Universal Television


    The adventures of proud Polish-American freelance insurance investigator Thomas Banacek.
    s1: e1 — Season 1, Episode 1  

    Let’s Hear It for a Living Legend

    September 13, 1972 7.4
    s1: e2 — Season 1, Episode 2  

    Project Phoenix

    September 27, 1972 7.6
    s1: e3 — Season 1, Episode 3  

    No Sign of the Cross

    October 11, 1972 7.5
    s1: e4 — Season 1, Episode 4  

    A Million the Hard Way

    November 1, 1972 7.4
    s1: e5 — Season 1, Episode 5  

    To Steal a King

    November 15, 1972 7.7
    s1: e6 — Season 1, Episode 6  

    Ten Thousand Dollars a Page

    January 10, 1973 7.4
    s1: e7 — Season 1, Episode 7  

    The Greatest Collection of Them All

    January 24, 1973 7.7
    s1: e8 — Season 1, Episode 8  

    The Two Million Clams of Cap’n Jack

    February 7, 1973 7.3

    Сast and Crew


    Peppard played Thomas Banacek, a Polish-American freelance, Boston-based private investigator who solves seemingly impossible thefts. He collects from the insurance companies 10% of the insured value of the recovered property. One of Banacek's verbal signatures is the quotation of strangely worded yet curiously cogent "Polish proverbs" such as:

    • "An old Polish proverb says, 'A wolf that takes a peasant to supper probably won't need any breakfast.'"
    • "If you're not sure that it's potato borscht, there could be orphans working in the mines."
    • "When an owl comes to a mouse picnic, it's not there for the sack races."
    • "Though the hippopotamus has no sting in its tail, the wise man would prefer to be sat upon by the bee."
    • "A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn."
    • "When a wolf is chasing your sleigh, throw him a raisin cookie, but don't stop to bake a cake."
    • "Just because the cat has her kittens in the oven doesn't make them biscuits."
    • "You can read all the books in the library my son, but the cheese will still smell after four days."
    • "No matter how warm the smile on the face of the Sun, the cat still has her kittens under the porch."
    • "Even a one thousand złoty note cannot tap dance."
    • "Only the centipede can hear all the hundred footsteps of his uncle."

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