Mission: Impossible

Season 1 Episode 23


Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Mar 04, 1967 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Miklos Klaar, an Iron Curtain filmmaker, has film of American soldiers and plans to edit it into an atrocity movie to discredit the U.S. He has recreated the jungle as a set from the one print of the film he has. The team must destroy the existing footage and force Klaar to reshoot... and get the reshoot on camera.moreless

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  • sadly, hits too close to home - yes we massacred & yes we ignore the Geneva Convention

    Audiences at the time may have been blissfully unaware at the time, but any modern viewers of this episode would know Americans DID commit war attrocities in Vietnam (My Lai & My Khe gang rapes & massacres happen almost a year later). So sadly they wouldn't even have had to doctor footage. Also, watching the episode from the post Bush Jr. era where the US (or at least the administration) purposefully decided that the US was exempt from following the Geneva convention makes it painful to watch this episode. One of the horrified remarks from the Swiss delegation about the US abandoning the Geneva Convention is too stark a reminder of how far we have sunk.moreless
  • decent episode but no dan briggs

    this is the episode that ended it for dan briggs. apparently, he refused to go on the catwalk in the scene where they film the filming and that was the final straw with the producers.

    as a result, cinammon listens to the recording at the beginning of the show and dan never appears.

    the episode is okay but seems a bit dated given how easy it is to doctor films; why would anyone believe this guy's film anyway?moreless
Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain

Cinnamon Carter

Greg Morris

Greg Morris

Barney Collier

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Rollin Hand

Peter Lupus

Peter Lupus

Willy Armitage

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

IMF Voice on Tape (uncredited)

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    • This is the only episode in which a team member other than Briggs or Phelps (the team leaders) gets the taped message. Cinnamon gets it in a beauty shop, with the taped voice beginning, "Good morning, Miss Carter". This was due to Steven Hill being fired for refusing to run up a set of stairs.

    • Briggs does not appear in this episode. This was due to the fact that Steven Hill brought production to a halt by refusing to play a scene that involved Briggs climbing up into the rafters. Hill gave no explanation for his refusal, was suspended, and replaced by Tom Troupe, who played character David Day and took on much of the material written for Briggs.

    • Because of Steven Hill's absence, the initial dossier scene remains, but the camera simply pans along the already-chosen dossiers laying on an anonymous coffee table. In the next shot Rollin is leading the briefing in Cinnamon's apartment, with no mention of Briggs or his absence.


    • Cinnamon: You wouldn't cut off Sarah Bernhardt.
      Referencing the legendary stage actress Sarah Bernhardt. Born in France, Bernhardt achieved fame in both Europe and North America, and was lauded as the greatest actress of her day. Called "The Divine Sarah" she was celebrated for her skills a dramatic performer and her ability to evoke emotion.

    • A Doll's House
      Cinnamon's film clip features her performing a scene from Henrick Ibsen's A Doll's House (1879). Henrick Ibsen, with his emphasis on reality and then radical issues, is considered by many to be the first truly modern playwright. A Doll's House was considered scandalous upon its debut since it portrayed an independent woman who was willing to abandon her family rather than stay in a demeaning marriage.