Banacek (1972–1974)
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Detour to Nowhere 

An insurance investigator tries to find an armored car carrying gold bullion that disappeared in the middle of a deserted Texas highway.


Jack Smight


Anthony Wilson


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Thomas Banacek
Christine Belford ... Carlie Kirkland
Don Dubbins ... Sheriff Jessup
Murray Matheson ... Felix Mulholland
Russell Wiggins Russell Wiggins ... Earl Lewis
Charles Robinson ... Arthur Patrick McKinney (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Ralph Manza ... Jay Drury
George Murdock ... Cavanaugh
Ed Nelson ... Geoff Holden
Bill Vint Bill Vint ... Mackey
Victor Mohica Victor Mohica ... Indian Joe Hawk
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Denny
J. Pat O'Malley ... Hank
Gene Dynarski ... Loser Griffin
Mario Machado ... 1st Newscaster


Sixty days after other investigators fail to recover a missing armored truck and its gold shipment, Thomas Banacek of T. Banacek Restorations (a suave, thin-cigar-smoking ladies' man of Polish descent) steps in to solve the mystery for the standard recovery fee of 10% value of the missing merchandise. His high success rate infuriates others in the field of insurance investigation, in particular Arthur Patrick McKinney, who sends insurance agent Carlie Kirkland to throw a bit of seduction and sex Banacek's way to get the better of him. Alone of everyone, Banacek takes a keen interest in the death of a town drunk, as it defies the odds. Written by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






English | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1972 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Banacek picks on Boston Insurance the most because their building was built on the site where he was born and raised. See more »


When Banacek first goes to the site of the armored truck disappearance he walks besides the tire tracks leading to the cliff. After sixty plus days the wind would have wiped away the tire tracks. See more »


Carlie Kirkland: You jealous, even a bit?
Thomas Banacek: [smoothly] Of course. What you're seeing is a tremendous effort at self-control. Can't you tell?
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First-Rate Pilot To TV Series.
23 August 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

George Peppard debuts as Thomas Banacek in this highly entertaining pilot film to the subsequent TV series, as he plays a freelance Boston-based insurance investigator who goes to Texas to look into the mysterious disappearance of an armored car carrying Gold Bullion. Where did it go in the middle of the desert? Answer is most satisfying, as are the twists and turns in the plot.

Peppard portrays Banacek with the remarkable confidence(hated by his rivals!) but undeniable intelligence and moral conviction he would carry over into the (too brief) TV series. We are also introduced to his chauffeur Jay Drury(played nicely by Ralph Manza), confidant Felix Mulholland(the wonderful veteran actor Murray Matheson) and Carlie Kirkland,(Christine Belford, charmed by Banacek despite her resentment.)

How to do a pilot film right!

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