- Polish sayings featured on the detective drama BANACEK/NBC/1972-74.
George Peppard played Thomas Banacek, a suave Polish-American
insurance investigator who lived in the exclusive Beacon Hill
section of Boston.
When the occasion arose, Banacek was fond of
spouting Polish proverbs. He began by saying "There's an old
Polish proverb that says" and then continued with such pearls of
- "Just because a dress is red satin, doesn't mean it comes off easy"
- "A wise man never tries to warm himself in front of a painting of a
- "Only the centipede can hear all the footsteps of his uncle."
- "No matter how warm the smile on the face of the sun, the cat has
her kitten under the porch."
- "It's harder for the spider to catch the fly, than for the fly to
catch the horse."
- "If the butterfly has teeth like the tiger, he'd never make it out
of the hanger."
- "Only someone with nothing to be sorry about smiles at the rear of
- "Even though a man anoints himself with fragrant oils, he can still
wind up with a broken face."
- "The chicken who clucks the loudest is most likely to go to the
Steam Fitter's picnic."
- "Twelve good horses and silver candlesticks won't stop the snow
from falling in Bialystock."
- "A truly wise man never plays leap frog with a unicorn."
- "When the wolf is chasing your sleigh, toss him a raisin cookie but
don't stop to see if he eats it."
- "A wolf that takes a peasant to supper probably won't need any
- "Though the hippopotamus has no stinger in his tail, the wise man
would rather be sat on by the bee."
- "A duck with three wings and a loaf of bread is brother to the
During one episode, a womanizing Greek businessman (Caesar Romero)
assaulted a woman at a party and Banacek being a gentleman
Angered, the man said "There's a saying in Greece 'A
man who interrupts his cousin making love, will have no relatives
at his funeral.'"
Banacek counters with "Funny, there's a saying
here in Boston that, 'A man who forces a woman to make love...is a
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