In the middle of a televised professional football game, star running back Hank Ives disappears from the bottom of a pileup. Insurance investigator Banacek, seeing the game on TV, soon looks into this curious vanishing act. Even though a ransom note arrives demanding two million dollars for Ives' safe return, Banacek suspects football promoter Jerry Brinkman of pulling off yet another crazy publicity stunt for which he is so well-known. Murder, however, makes it serious business.
Did You Know?
Banacek's chauffeur offers a solution for the missing player by saying they cut a slit in the turf where they hid the player. While it was meant to be a joke here, that idea was the basis of a solution for another case Banacek would solve later in the season. See more
For some reason nobody (especially Banacek ) never wondered where the football player with the #20 suddenly came from after all of the tacklers got off the ground. See more
Didn't Jake give you my message?
Well he was going to but your accent is better.
JAKEE: Well someday I'd like to hear his Sicilian.