Banyon (1971–1973)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Forster ... Miles C. Banyon
Darren McGavin ... Lieutenant Pete Cordova
José Ferrer ... Lee Jennings
Anjanette Comer ... Diane Jennings
Herb Edelman ... Harry Sprague
Hermione Gingold ... Peggy Revere
Leslie Parrish ... Ruth Sprague
Ray Danton ... Victor Pappas
Deidre Daniels Deidre Daniels ... Irene Fortolla
Stanley Adams ... Eddie Dolan
Carla Borelli ... Joan
Ted Hartley Ted Hartley ... Sonny Arnheim
Paul Hampton ... David
Alvin Childress Alvin Childress ... Mr. Clayton
Joseph Ruskin ... Carl Horner


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Crime | Drama







Release Date:

15 March 1971 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A terrific 30s private eye film
16 May 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

The pilot for the short-lived 1972 TV series, "Banyon" finds Robert Forster exceptionally well cast as a 1930s private eye, excessively loyal to his down on his luck pal (Herb Edelman) and maintaining a confrontational but respectful relationship with copper Darren McGavin.

The film does a good job of recreating its period (at least as it was presented in the movies of the era), the pacing is good, and the entire cast is well-chosen (Forster, McGavin, and Anjanette Comer are especially good, as is Jose Ferrer).

This might have even succeeded as a theatrical release. Unfortunately, with the exception of Forster, all of the components that made it memorable were missing from the later series which was produced by other hands.

Brian W. Fairbanks

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