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TV Flashback Banacek

IN THE May 24 ISSUE

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by Deborah Harter Williams


Though it was only on for two seasons, Banacek is still memorable for its style, captivating plots and winning characters. George Peppard was Thomas Banacek, freelance insurance investigator equally at home in his palatial Beacon Hill digs, in a fight or climbing through windows.

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by Ben Solomon


Brother, what a yarn. Real Ripley’s stuff. Who’d of thought the lives of two people could hang in the balance over a thing like that. I’m betting that’s what the department can’t dope out. You’ve got means, you’ve got opportunity, you’ve even got the murder weapon. But you can’t grasp the motive. There’s even a second weapon you’re all in the dark about. After a fashion. Sure there is.

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by Deborah Harter Williams



50s television was black and white–perfect for private eyes. Gritty fedora-hatted tough guys with a past represented by Boston Blackie, Mike Hammer and Richard Diamond who made the transition from movies and radio. Diamond morphed from Dick Powell’s singing New York radio version to David Janssen’s LA noir persona. More glamorous were Nick and Nora Charles and a quirkier take on the genre was Have Gun Will Travel’s Paladin. Favorite for the 50s – Peter Gunn, a classic with a jazz club setting and Henry Mancini theme. Dun, dun, dun, dun…Dun, dun, dun, dun, DA DA.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur




The city of Tunfair in Glen Cook’s Wicked Bronze Ambition doesn’t exist–it can’t! There are sorceresses, rat-people, the semi-ogrish, dead creatures that are too busy to be dead and some humans who are just human.

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