GnuDawn Mission: Impossible Season 1 cast

The Original Television Series


Season 1 Details

The episodes are shown on this page in their original transmission order, with the production order in brackets

1 (A1) - Pilot: Santa Costa dictator General Rio Dominguez has stored two nuclear warheads in a safe in the Hotel Nacionale, and the IMF’s first assignment is to remove them. Dan is a jewellery salesman, Willy carries some very heavy cases (right), Rollin disguises himself as the general and Cinnamon pushes her husband around in a wheel chair.
Written by Bruce Geller; Director Bernard L Kowalski.
Bruce Geller won an Emmy for this script.

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2 (A3) - Memory: The IMF have to remove from power Janos Karq (William Keene), a warmonger in an Iron Curtain country. Dan enlists the help of memory expert Joseph Baresh (Albert Paulsen), who pretends to be an enemy agent, code named Sparrow, seen in the screen shot being interrogated by Karq's head of intelligence Dimitri Soska (Leonard Stone)
Written by Robert Lewin; Director Charles R Rondeau.

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3 (A4) - Operation Rogosh: Mass murderer Imry Rogosh (Fritz Weaver, right) is in Los Angeles. The IMF have 36 hours to discover how he intends to kill thousands of people in the city. Dan is a defence lawyer, Rollin is a public prosecutor, Cinnamon is a secretary, Barney is a radio announcer and an agitator, and Willy is a prison guard.
Written by Jerome Ross; Director Leonard J Horn.
This script won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar award.

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4 & 5 (A2) - Old Man Out (Parts 1 & 2): Briggs and his team have to engineer the escape of Cardinal Vossek (Cyril Delevanti), the 80 year old leader of his country’s freedom movement, who is being held in the impregnable Servano Prison. Fortunately for the IMF, the prison is close to a public park, and is also used to house petty criminals. They set up a circus in the park, with Dan as a mind reader, Cinnamon as his assistant, Willy is a strongman (right), Barney is a clown, guest agent Crystal Walker (Mary Ann Mobley) does a high-wire act, and Rollin is a rigger and pickpocket.
Written by Ellis Marcus; Director Charles R Rondeau.
This double episode cost almost half a million dollars to produce.

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6 (A5) - Odds on Evil: Prince Iben Kostas (Nehemiah Persoff, right), absolute ruler of a small country whose sole income comes from a casino, intents to declare war on a neighbouring oil-rich nation. IMF’s job is to ensure that he does not use one and a half million dollars to buy weapons. Rollin and IMF agent Andre Malif (Nico Minardos) are gamblers, Cinnamon gets to know a prince and Barney designs a 90 lb portable computer for Willy to wear under his tux. Dan sets the mission up, but doesn't take part in it.
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Charles R Rondeau.

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7 (A8) - Wheels: Briggs leads the IMF into Valeria where they must ensure that the rigged election about to take place is "unfixed" and that the result truly reflects the vote of the people. Dan and Willy join the police, Barney gets shot, Rollin impersonates a book seller (not too difficult, as the original is also played by Martin Landau!) and Cinnamon wears a silly hat and looks for a man. Mark Lenard plays Felipe Mora, seen here with Cinnamon and Capitain Trez (Percy Rodriguez). Mark Lenard is probably best known for playing Mr Spock’s father in Star Trek.
Written by Laurence Heath; Director Tom Gries.

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8 (A9) - The Ransom: In a change from the usual format, Sandy (Cheryl Calloway), the daughter of Briggs’ friend George Forrester (Lin McCarthy, right) is held hostage to blackmail Dan into removing Augie Gorman (Joe Mantell) from police protection to prevent him testifying in the trial of mobster Frank Egan (William Smithers). Dan and the team have to deliver Gorman to Egan, while ensuring Egan doesn't kill him or Sandy. Rollin is a doctor, Cinnamon's a nurse, Barney cuts through a water pipe and Willy is a traffic cop.
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Harry Harris.

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9 (A6) - A Spool There Was: Rollin and Cinnamon are despatched to recover a vital reel of recording wire. However, finding the wire is only the first step, retrieving it and keeping it out of the hands of enemy agents is a completely different matter. Rollin becomes a dock worker and Cinnamon is a photographer; Barney and Willy do not appear.
Written by Ellis Marcus; Director Bernard L Kowalski.

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10 (A13) - The Carriers: Barney, Cinnamon, Rollin and chemist Roger Lee (George Takei, right, who played Sulu in Star Trek), infiltrate a replica of an American town where foreign agents are being trained to behave like US citizens. They discover plans to infect the United States with plague, and must prevent this happening without the opposition discovering why their scheme has failed. Dan and Willy are police officers.
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Sherman Marks.

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11 (A11) - Zubrovnik’s Ghost: A widowed American scientist Dr Martha Zubrovnik (Beatrice Straight), working in Austria, has come under the influence of a Communist medium, Sigismund Poljact (Donald Davis), who claims to be in contact with her dead husband. To stop Poljact taking her behind the Iron Curtain, Rollin, Barney and psychic consultant Ariana Domi (Martine Bartlett, right, with Poljact) pose as a psychic research team. Cinnamon and Willy do not appear, and neither does Dan, once he has set up the mission.
Written by Robert Lewin; Director Leonard J Horn.

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12 (A7) - Fakeout: Briggs and his team must trick the head of a narcotics ring, Ted Carson, alias Anastas Poltroni (Lloyd Bridges, right in the blue blazer), into leaving his country to allow him to be extradited to America for trial. Cinnamon pretends to fall for Carson, Dan plays her jealous husband and Barney plants some heroin. Rollin and Willy do not appear.
Written by Leigh Chapman; Director Bernard L Kowalski.
Lucille Ball’s Lincoln convertible was wrecked during the filming of this episode!

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13 (A10) - Elena: Rollin works against time to contact Elena Del Barra (Barbara Luna, right), an agent whose behaviour has become erratic. If he cannot find the reason for her behaviour and prove that she is not a danger, she will be killed. Apart from the opening scenes in which Dan appears, the only member of the regular IMF team to feature in this episode is Rollin.
Written by Ellis Marcus; Director Marc Daniels.

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14 (A14) - The Short Tail Spy: The Impossible Missions Force learns that there are two rival groups from a foreign power who wish to assassinate Professor Napolsky (Edward Colmans), who has defected to the West. The IMF must prevent this assassination and discredit the more dangerous of the groups and its chief assassin Andrei Fetyukov (Hans Gudegast). Cinnamon seduces Fetyukov (right). Rollin and Willy do not appear.
Written by Julian Barry; Director Leonard J Horn.

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15 (A15) - The Legacy: Four young men are gathering in Zurich, Switzerland, with knowledge that will lead them to Hitler’s personal fortune. They plan to use it to launch the Fourth Reich. Rollin replaces one of the men, Dan and Willy are Swiss Federal Police officers, Cinnamon is a princess and Barney sabotages a lift.
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Michael O’Herlihy.

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16 (A16) - The Reluctant Dragon: Dr Helmut Cherlotov (Joseph Campanella), an Iron Curtain rocket expert, has developed the key to an antiballistic missile system that, in the wrong hands, could completely destroy the balance of power. IMF’s mission is to get Cherlotov out before his government discovers what he’s achieved. His wife Karen (Mala Powers) has already defected, and the plan was for him to follow, however, when Rollin, disguised as an East German official on a training course, approaches Cherlotov, he proves reluctant to leave. In the picture, Cherlotov, on the left, is questioned by Commissioner Jankowski (John Colicos). Barney plays an African student, and Cinnamon and Willy do not appear.
Written by Chester Krumholz; Director Leonard J Horn.

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17 (A17) - The Frame: Jack Wellman (Simon Oakland, left, becoming suspicious of Dan) is the acknowledged head of the Syndicate in the US. They have a finger in every other legitimate business, and now they’re moving into government. The IMF have to stop Wellman. Dan is a chef, Rollin is a deaf waiter and Willy is kitchen help, while Barney breaks into a safe and Cinnamon installs another one.
Writers William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Allen Miner.

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18 (A12) - The Trial: Josef Varsh (Carroll O’Connor), public prosecutor and head of his country’s secret police, is one of the most dangerous men in Eastern Europe. He plans to arrest and charge some innocent American with a serious crime, and stage a propaganda show trial. Dan has himself arrested, and it’s Rollin’s job to get him acquitted. Barney and Cinnamon do not appear.
Written by Laurence Heath; Director Lewis Allen.

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19 (A18) - The Diamond: Henrik Durvard (John van Dreeland) has seized power in the small country of Lombuanda. He has confiscated a diamond that is rumoured to be 27,000 carats, the largest every found. IMF’s mission is to stop Durvard and return the diamond to its rightful owners. Dan poses as the inventor of a diamond-making machine, with Rollin and Cinnamon as his partners, and Barney and Willy use a very long pole. For the plan to work, the IMF’s diamond cutter, Hans van Meer (Harry Davis), has to make a good enough replica to fool Durvard’s expert, Henks (Woodrow Parfrey, right).
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Robert Douglas.

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20 (A19) - The Legend: The IMF is assigned the task of infiltrating a clandestine meeting of top-ranking Nazis, led by Frederick Rudd (Gunnar Hellstrom, shown in the picture with Cinnamon) and disrupting their plans to re-establish the Third Reich. They are stunned to learn that the leader of the neo-Nazi movement is none other than Martin Bormann, the infamous war criminal who disappeared at the end of World War II. Dan poses as a recently-released Nazi official, and Cinnamon is his daughter; Rollin pretends to be an old Nazi. Willy does not appear in this episode.
Written by Mann Rubin; Director Richard Benedict.

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21 (A21) - Snowball in Hell: Gerard Sefra (Ricardo Montalban, shown with Barney in the screen shot) has a sample of cesium 138, the key to a low-cost nuclear arsenal, hidden in a disused penal colony. IMF’s mission is to make sure no-one gets the cesium or learns its formula. Rollin is a photographer, with Barney as his model.
Written by Judith Barrows & Robert Guy Barrows; Director Lee Katzin.

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22 (A20) - The Confession: Andreas Solowiechek (David Sheiner, being held in a head-lock by Rollin in the picture), a member of a Communist Trade Delegation, has been arrested and charged with the assassination of Senator William Townsend (Kent Smith). The IMF have to prove that he was not acting on orders of his government. Rollin becomes a prisoner, Barney is his lawyer, Cinnamon is a reporter, Dan is a portrait painter and Willy is a photographer, and also drives a car.
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Herschel Daugherty.

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23 (A22) - Action!: Miklos Klaar (J D Cannon, seen talking to Rollin in the picture), the head of a movie studio behind the Iron Curtain, has secured some American newsreel footage. He plans to alter it to show American soldiers as wanton murders and show it to the world press. The IMF must expose the plot and discredit the film maker to prevent damage to the United States’ credibility during future peace talks. Rollin is a Propaganda Ministry official, Barney floods a cellar and Willy is a film crewman.
Written by Robert Lewin; Director Leonard J Horn.
Steve Hill was suspended by the studio during the filming of this episode for refusing to play a scene, so Dan does not appear and Cinnamon picks up the instructions for the mission.

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24 (A23) - The Train: Ferenc Laryra (Rhys Williams), liberal prime minister of Svardia, hasn’t long to live. He has groomed Milos Pavel (William Windom) to succeed him but Pavel plans set up a dictatorship and then purge the country of all opposition. The IMF have to keep Pavel from becoming prime minister. Heart surgeon Dr Harrison Selby (William Schallert) is an IMF operative, with Cinnamon as his nurse, Rollin is a train conductor and Barney sets up a back projection system.
After the problems with Steve Hill in Action!, his role was reduced in the remaining scripts, including this one.
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Ralph Senensky.
This episode won an Emmy.

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25 (A24) - Shock: Peter Kiri (Sorrell Brooke), a notorious enemy agent, has kidnapped a special US envoy Carl Wilson (James Daly) and replaced him with an impostor. The IMF must save the envoy and put Kiri out of action. The IMF replace the impostor with their own impostor (a disguised Dan Briggs). In the picture, IMF neuropsychologist Dr Ira Drake (Vic Perrin) is administering shock treatment to Kiri in order to induce amnesia. Rollin is a psychiatrist and Cinnamon is Wilson's niece.
Written by Laurence Heath; Director Lee H Katzin.

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26 (A25) - A Cube of Sugar: Vincent Deane (Jaques Denbeaux), an American agent who holds a vital microcircuit and its code, is arrested behind the iron curtain. IMF’s mission is to retrieve him and the circuit. To achieve this, Cinnamon pretends to be his wife, Rollin poses as his contact and gets himself arrested, Dan becomes the man from the embassy, and Barney and Willy break into a crematorium. In the picture, Dan offers Counter Intelligence Chief Senko Brobin (Francis Lederer) a cigarette.
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Joseph Pevney.

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27 (A26) - The Traitor: An American agent defects, and Briggs and his team must stop some secret information that the agent carries falling into enemy hands. In order to get into the embassy’s air conditioning system, IMF agent Tina Mara (Eartha Kitt, picture right) is recruited, and Barney guides her through the system by radio. Rollin poses as a code breaker, Dan and Cinnamon pretend to be American agents, and Willy uses his strength as a heating maintenance man.
Written by Edward J Lakso; Director Lee H Katzin.

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28 (A27) - The Psychic: The retrieval of stolen NATO secrets depends on Cinnamon’s ability to act as a psychic and gain the confidence of Alex Lowell (Barry Sullivan), an unscrupulous industrialist, during a game of poker with stakes worth $80 million. In addition to his usual team, Dan also recruits Judge Wilson Chase (Richard Anderson, left in the pcture), and actor Byron Miller (Paul Mantee, standing behind Cinnamon).
Trivia note: Presumably, the actor playing the judge is the reason that the star of McGuyver and Stargate SG 1 is known as Richard Dean Anderson, as the Screen Actors Guild rules don’t allow two actors to have the same stage name.
This being the final show of the first season, it is the last appearance of Steve Hill as Dan Briggs.
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Charles R Rondeau.

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