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15 x 60 minute episodes
Miles C. Banyon (newcomer Robert Forster) is a tough but honest Los Angeles-based private detective during the late 1930s. For $20 a day plus expenses, Banyon will take almost any case, from missing persons to theft to murder.
He is forceful and once he takes a case, nothing will stop him from finding justice for his client. For $20 a day plus expenses, Banyon will take almost any case, from missing persons to theft to murder.
He will also provide a Sam Spade-style voice-over narration at no extra charge: “In my business, people were always getting killed. I could never get used to it . . .”
Banyon’s office is located in the same building as a secretarial school run by Peggy Revere (Joan Blondell), so Banyon finds himself with a different pretty receptionist almost every week, primarily as a decorative accessory. His LAPD contact is Lt. Pete McNeil (Richard Jaeckel).
The soundtrack was loaded with the mellow sounds of the Big Bands and the bang-bang of gunfire.
The NBC series was spawned by a 1971 made-for-TV movie which also starred Forster in the title role, along with José Ferrer, Darren McGavin and Hermione Gingold.
Miles C. Banyon
Lt. Pete McNeil