Banacek (1972–1974)
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If Max Is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is? 

A rich hypochondriac boils over when her multi-million dollar, custom-designed, diagnostic hospital computer disappears behind its electric fence overnight.

Director:

Bernard L. Kowalski (as Bernard Kowalski)

Writers:

Anthony Wilson (creator), Robert Van Scoyk
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Thomas Banacek
Christine Belford ... Carlie Kirkland
Anne Baxter ... Leslie Lyle
Richard Jordan ... Chris Bailey
Jim Davis ... Ed McKay
Paul Richards ... Dr. Richard Ketner
Murray Matheson ... Felix Mulholland
Ralph Manza ... Jay Drury
Sabrina Scharf ... Wyn Reever
Alan Fudge ... Logan Howard
George Murdock ... Cavanaugh
Julie Rogers ... Lois
William Sylvester ... Dr. Stahl
Poupée Bocar ... Wanda (as Poupee Bocar)
John Zaremba ... Dr. Wickham
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Storyline

One morning Max - a huge, complex computer system - vanishes from the locked, alarmed and guarded building it filled just the night before. Banacek steps in to find out how tons of computer machinery could be sneaked out leaving only bare walls. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1973 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Felix tells Banacek he has "better things to do than play Bud Abbott to your Frank Costello." Banacek points out that it's "Lou Costello," to which Felix replies that it "depends on one's point of view." Felix isn't covering a gaffe. Frank Costello was a famous American crime boss from the 1930's through the 1950's. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Banacek at the start of the fight with Chris Bailey. George Peppard ducked off camera at the last second, then the camera pans to the stunt double without any cuts in-between. See more »

Quotes

Carlie Kirkland: Nobody just walks off with a computer!
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Soundtracks

Rule, Britannia!
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne (as Thomas Arne)
Played in the marching band medley
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Where did Max go?
26 October 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back in the day when computers were new and quite large, someone runs off with the computer that wealthy and self indulgent Anne Baxter has donated to a hospital. As the computer has some hefty insurance on it, both George Peppard and Christine Belford are vying for the recovery fee once again.

Anne Baxter as the shrewish widow who takes in hedonism by the truckload she dominates the program. She's got herself a boy toy in Richard Jordan who certainly is on the suspect list.

If you've ever seen the classic Tracy/Hepburn film Desk Set than you have some idea of how large Max is. One of those just doesn't walk off unnoticed.

In the end the answer is relatively simple and as Belford remarks Peppard is almost taking his fee under false pretenses.


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