Banacek (1972–1974)
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Fly Me- If You Can Find Me 

A jetliner blows its tires as it emergency lands in a middle-of-nowhere kind of small Nevada town. Through crippled, by dawn it's completely gone, and the pilot on guard duty dead. Banacek flies out to find the missing plane.


Bernard L. Kowalski (as Bernard Kowalski)


Anthony Wilson (creator), Harold Livingston


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Thomas Banacek
Sterling Hayden ... Tony Fowler
Victoria Principal ... Brooke Collins
Jack Kelly ... Lou Wayne
Patricia Quinn ... Charlotte Malloy (as Pat Quinn)
Murray Matheson ... Felix Mulholland
Ralph Manza ... Jay Drury
James Daris James Daris ... Roy Gilbert
Charles H. Gray ... Capt. Dave Roberts
Carlos Romero Carlos Romero ... Sheriff Ortega
Richard Roat ... Stan Price
Paul Cavonis ... Andy Hall
Beverly Gill Beverly Gill ... Gina
Laurence Haddon Laurence Haddon ... Joe Daley
Larry Ward ... Len Malloy


A charter company jetliner makes an emergency landing at a small desert airstrip, blowing all of its tires and leaving a shaken flight crew. The next morning finds the pilot left guarding the plane dead and the airstrip empty of the immovable aircraft. Enter Banacek - in a chauffeur-driven jeep - to sort out the convolutions of pilots, stewardesses, old business partners and more to learn where the crippled plane has gone. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

19 February 1974 (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?


While talking to the desk clerk Banacek asks about someone named Hester Prynne. The clerk has no idea who he is talking about, not knowing that Prynne was the protagonist of the novel The Scarlett Letter. Banacek says this a a joke, since the owner doesn't allow women in the rooms. See more »


Crew shadow visible on the Pilots as they walk from the jetliner after it lands at the remote airfield. See more »


Felix Mulholland: I hope you realize you've just destroyed my hopes of setting a new world's record.
Thomas Banacek: At this time of night? In what category?
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References Circus Boy (1956) See more »

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Jumbo Jet Disappears
2 November 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

How do you make a jumbo jet disappear? That's the question that Thomas Banacek has to answer if he is to collect his usual fee.

On its way back from Los Angeles with only the crew on board an airline jet develops trouble. It sets down in a small airport and the crew heads off to a motel with one staying behind to watch the airplane. In the morning the plane has vanished and the crewman is found shot to death.

Now there's a puzzle, thousands of square miles of desert and a jumbo jet is not easy to hide.

I have to say I had the how figured out fairly early, maybe even earlier than George Peppard did. The why is something else and I won't reveal. But it has to do with a feud between two former partners, Jack Kelly who owns the airline that the plane is one of and Sterling Hayden the crippled multi-millionaire who owns nearly all the land around the location of the disappearance. Both Kelly and Hayden turn in some stunning performances.

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