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Banyon

1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 3 (USA)
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.

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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
Robert Forster
Peggy Revere
Joan Blondell
Lt. Pete McNeil
Richard Jaeckel
Abby Graham
Julie Gregg