Banacek (1972–1974)
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No Sign of the Cross 

A miraculous mystery: a priceless gold crucifix seemingly transforms into worthless iron while en route from a retired gangster in Mexico to a church in LA.

Director:

Daryl Duke

Writers:

Anthony Wilson (creator), Robert Presnell Jr. (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Thomas Banacek
Broderick Crawford ... Gilbert Deretzo
Louise Sorel ... Alicia Danato
Gordon Pinsent ... John Weymouth
Jack MacGowran ... Michele Lanier
Victor Jory ... Paul Andros
Ralph Manza ... Jay Drury
Ned Romero ... Chief Frank Mendoza
Ahna Capri ... Mme. Pompadour
Peter Donat ... Robert Morgan
Kermit Murdock ... Archbishop
Peter Brocco ... Cardinal
Annette Charles ... Cecelia Gomez (as Annette Cardona)
Alan Fudge ... Father Cass
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... Colonel Perez
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Storyline

A long-missing. bejeweled gold cross, on its way to LA from a retired American gangster in Mexico anxious to reform his image, turns into worthless junk without ever leaving the possession of the couriers assigned to its delivery. The church asks Banacek to figure out where and how the switch was pulled off. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

11 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ahna Capri soon after starred for director Duke in what would prove to be the best feature film of their careers, Payday (1973), top lining Rip Torn as a down & out country singer, the forerunner of the acclaimed Jeff Bridges film Crazy Heart (2009). See more »

Goofs

The scenes of the Cadillac limo shown in the rural area and at the farm is a 1967. After Banacek's Mexico City visit, a 1968 limo is used as he returns to the farm. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Banacek: "Twelve good horses and silver candlesticks won't stop the snow from falling in Bialystock." It's an old Polish saying.
Alicia Danato: Is there an old Polish translation?
Thomas Banacek: Well, I think it means there are some things money cannot buy.
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References The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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The Missing Cross
28 February 2016 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Thomas Banacek(George Peppard) is called in by the Catholic Church in order to recover a golden cross stolen en-route by couriers in Mexico that is of much religious and monetary value. It was purchased from a third party by a former American gangster(played by Broderick Crawford) because he wants to try to redeem himself in the eyes of God, as he is in ill-health. He suspects another gangster and hated rival(played by Victor Jory), of the theft, but Thomas isn't so sure, as there are a variety of suspects to choose from. Rambling episode isn't that memorable but still reasonably entertaining. Murray Matheson as Felix Mullholland is absent, though Ralph Manza as Jay Drury at least appears.


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