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The Original Television Series


Season 3 Details

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

1 (C2) - The Heir Apparent: The IMF must thwart the appointment of Envir Quaisette (Charles Aidman) as regent to the throne of a small monarchy in the Balkans. The IMF’s plan hinges on a legendary tale of Celine, the real heiress to the kingdom, who disappeared as a child. Cinnamon pretends to be Celine, but in order to be fully convincing, she must be able to open Celine’s puzzle box. This is where Barney and Willy come in — they must break into the royal vaults and discover the secret of the box. Jim is Celine’s protector and Rollin is an elderly doctor. The picture shows “Celine” and Archbishop Djelvas (Torin Thatcher).
Written by Robert E Thompson; Director Alexander Singer.

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2 & 3 (C4 & C5) - The Contender, parts 1 & 2: The IMF must stop Charles Buckman (Ron Randell) from getting control of all US amateur and professional sport. Barney becomes a boxing contender, with Rollin as his manager, Jim gets a job at a gambling establishment, Cinnamon becomes Buckman's girlfriend and Willy is a doorman and helps with Barney's training. Seven times world champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson appears in this episode as Buckman's sidekick Wesley (right, with Buckman). In real life, Robinson himself defied a boxing promoter not unlike Buckman.
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Paul Stanley.

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4 (C1) - The Mercenaries: A group of mercenaries have robbed a number of emerging African nations, and converted their loot into gold bars. Jim and his team have to destroy Colonel Krim (Pernell Roberts, right), the mercenary leader, and recover the gold. Rollin becomes a mercenary, Jim and Cinnamon are gun runners and Barney and Willy drill a hole.
Written by Laurence Heath; Director Paul Krasny.

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5 (C6) - The Execution: In a rather slow-paced episode, Jim and the team have to put Lewis Parma (Vincent Gardenia, right), a racketeer who is poised to take control of the food distribution industry, out of business. Jim poses as a produce distributor Cinnamon is a lawyer, Barney and Willy are prison guards and Rollin is on Death Row.
Written by William Read Woodfield & Allan Balter; Director Alexander Singer.

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6 (C8) - The Cardinal: The IMF have to stop General Zepke (Theodore Bikel) becoming dictator of his country. The only person is his way is Cardinal Soucheck (Paul Stevens), and Zepke has replaced him with a double. Jim and Cinnamon play doctor and nurse, Rollin impersonates a cardinal, and Barney and Willy are smuggled into a monastery.
NB, the STEM device (an extendible metal tube, shown in the picture) used in this episode is a genuine piece of equipment, used in the aerospace industry.
Written by John T Dugan; Director Sutton Roley.

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7 (C9) - The Elixir: Riva Santel (Ruth Roman, right, with Cinnamon) is going to make a television broadcast to scupper free elections in her country, and make herself dictator. The IMF must prevent this happening. Cinnamon becomes a TV host, with Jim, Barney and Willy as her crew. Rollin is a plastic surgeon.
Written by Max Hodge; Director John Florea.

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8 (C3) - The Diplomat: The IMF have to convince enemy agents that stolen information about America's missile control centres is false. Rollin poses as a blackmailer, Jim is a double agent, and Barney and Willy modify a car. Cinnamon doesn't appear, as Barbara Bain was having a salary dispute with the studio, and Jim recruits the help of Susan Buchanan (Lee Grant, right), a diplomat's wife. Willy has practically nothing to do in this episode.
Written by Jerry Ludwig; Director Don Richardson.

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9 (C7) - The Play: The IMF have to stop Milos Kuro (John Colicos, right, with Cinnamon), minister of culture of an Iron Curtain country, from using his national theatre to spread anti-American propaganda to discredit his progressive premier, Leon Vados (Barry Atwater). Cinnamon becomes a playwright, Rollin and Jim are actors, and Barney is a State Department official. Willy does not appear in this episode.
Written by Lou Shaw; Director Lee H Katzin.

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10 (C11) - The Bargain: Former dictator General Neyron (Albert Paulsen, right) is planning a return to power, financed by syndicate money, in return for legalising gambling in his country and giving all rights to the Syndicate. The IMF's job is to stop him. Rollin poses as a millionaire financier, with Jim as his aide. Barney is a chef, and Cinnamon and Willy are kitchen staff.
Written by Robert E Thompson; Director Richard Benedict.

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11 (C13) - The Freeze: Albert Jenkins (Donnelly Rhodes, right, with “Doctor” Rollin) has allowed himself to be caught and convicted, under the assumed name of Raymond Barret, for a robbery he didn't commit, so that he can keep $10 million from a robbery he did commit. The IMF have to get Jenkins convicted and recover the money. Rollin is a medical specialist, trying to convince Jenkins that he is dangerously ill, Jim is a cryogenics researcher with Cinnamon as his assistant, and Barney and Willy build a freezing machine.
Written by Paul Playdon; Director Alexander Singer.

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12 (C10) - The Exchange: The format of this episode is a departure from the normal, and it starts with Cinnamon being captured at the end of a mission. Intelligence chief Colonel Strom (John Vernon, right, with Cinnamon) discovers her one fear which will allow him to break her, thereby unmasking her identity and exposing the IMF. In order to get her back, the IMF agree to exchange an imprisoned communist agent, Rudolf Kurtz (Will Kuluva), but first they have to release him, and then find out all he knows. Jim pretends to be an intelligence colonel, Rollin is a communist diplomat in a wheelchair, Barney operates some hydraulic rams, and Willy pretends to drive a truck.
Written by Laurence Heath; Director Alexander Singer.

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13 (C12) - The Mind of Stefan Miklos: Walter Townsend (Jason Evers) is discovered by the Americans to be a double agent and consequently is fed information to lead the enemy astray. When the enemy calls in Miklos (Steve Ihnat, right) to evaluate Townsend's information, the IMF must create clues which will lead Miklos to a false conclusion. Rollin pretends to be Miklos and his contact, Barney and Willy are gas men, Willy is also a security guard, Barney is also a broker, Jim is an enemy agent, and Cinnamon pretends to be Townsend's girlfriend.
Written by Paul Playdon; Director Robert Butler.

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14 (C14) - The Test Case: The IMF team have to stop Dr Oswald Beck (David Hurst) from releasing deadly bacteria. Rollin becomes a political prisoner (right), Jim is a military doctor, Cinnamon is an agent pretending to be a journalist, Willy is a guard and Barney cuts through a wall.
Written by Laurence Heath; Director Sutton Roley.

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15 (C15) - The System: The IMF falsify receipts to persuade Johnny Costa (James Patterson), the trusted henchman of crime syndicate leader Constantine Victor (Val Avery), that he is being framed by his boss and so should testify against him. Jim pretends to be a Syndicate killer, with Rollin as a Syndicate bookkeeper, Cinnamon is a gambler and Willy is a hit man. Barney plants some money.
Written by Robert Hamner; Director Robert Gist.
This episode marks the first use in a television series of a unique ‘snorkel’ camera which gives an unusually close view of loaded dice being rolled, a casino dealer dealing second cards (right), and a remote control safe robbery.

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16 (C16) - The Glass Cage: Resistance leader Anton Reisner (Richard Garland) is being tortured in prison, and the IMF have to get him out. Working against time lest their man break under questioning, Cinnamon poses as head of the prison system, with Rollin as her colleague, whilst Barney and Willy let themselves be imprisoned to seek a way around the security safeguards devised by the ruthless prison commandant, Major Zelinko (Lloyd Bochner). Larry Linville, who played Frank Burns in the TV series M*A*S*H, plays his second in command, Captain Gulka. He can be seen in the picture with a disguised Cinnamon.
Teleplay by Paul Playdon; Story by Alf Harris; Director John Moxey.

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17 (C18) - Doomsday: When Carl Vandaam (Alf Kjellin right), an unscrupulous manufacturer risks World War III by offering a hydrogen bomb for sale, the IMF enters the bidding with a dangerous plan to keep the weapon out of enemy hands. Jim is an oil tycoon, with Cinnamon as his physicist and Willy as his associate, Rollin takes the place of one of the bidders, and Barney climbs up and down a lift shaft.
Written by Laurence Heath; Director John Moxey.

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18 (C17) - Live Bait: American agent Orin Selby (John Crawford) has managed to become a high-ranking member of the enemy’s intelligence service. However, chief of internal security Kellerman (Anthony Zerbe, right) has captured a courier who knows Selby's true allegiance. IMF have to protect Selby and end the threat posed by Kellerman. Rollin is a security investigator, Jim and Cinnamon are American agents and Barney does some film editing.
Teleplay by James D Buchanan, Ronald Austin & Michael Adams; Story by Michael Adams; Director Stuart Hagmann.

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19 & 20 (C19 &C20) - The Bunker: In the second and final two-parter of season 3, the IMF have to rescue rocket scientist Erich Rojak (Milton Selzer, right) from an underground bunker, where he is being forced to develop a missile, and his wife Anna (Lee Meriwether) from a top security prison. Their job is made even more complicated by the presence of Alexander Ventlos (Ray Baxter), a master of disguise, who has been hired to kill Rojak. Jim and Cinnamon are security officers, Rollin is a heart specialist, Barney guides a flying saucer and fakes an ambush, and Willy works on a high building and drops into a furnace.
Written by Paul Playdon; Director John Moxey.
Lee Meriwether returned in season 4 to play IMF agent Tracey in three episodes.

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21 (C21) - Nitro: The IMF have to stop General Zek (Titos Vandis) and munitions manufacturer Ismir Najiid (Sandor Szaba) from starting a war with a neighbouring country. Barney becomes a systems analyst, Jim is a journalist, Rollin is a terrorist, Cinnamon is a terrorist's girlfriend, and Willy is a cop and drives a truck (right).
Written by Laurence Heath; Director Bruce Kessler.
Mark Lenard, who plays Aristo Skora, whom Rollin impersonates, appeared in a number of Star Trek episodes and films as Mr Spock's father Sarek.

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22 (C23) - Nicole: Intelligence minister Anton Valdas (Logan Ramsey) has a list of double agents, and the IMF have to get it. During the course of the mission, Jim falls in love with Valdas's secretary Nicole (Joan Collins, right with Jim). Rollin is a lecherous general with Jim as his aide. Cinnamon, Barney and Willy do not appear.
Written by Paul Playdon; Director Stuart Hagmann.

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23 (C22) - The Vault: A corrupt Latin American official, Phillipe Pereda (Nehemiah Persoff, right), plots to loot his own country of $40,000,000. Barney has to crack an uncrackable safe to make sure the unsavoury Pereda is caught in his real aim of framing his country's president, De Varo (Rodofo Acosta), for the theft. Jim and Cinnamon are Eastern representatives, Rollin is an auditor and Willy is a janitor.
Teleplay by Judy Burns; Story by Judy Burns & John Kingsbridge; Director Richard Benedict.

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24 (C24) - Illusion: The IMF have to stop either of two hard-line candidates, Skarbeck (Fritz Weaver) and Lom (Kevin Hagen), getting the post of chief of the secret police in an East European country, so that a third, pro-Western contender, Paul Trock (Martin E Brooks) gets the job. Rollin and Cinnamon pose as cabaret artists, with Cinnamon doing a Marlene Dietrich act (right), Jim is a man seeking revenge, Barney does some housebreaking, and Willy operates some lights.
Cinnamon's songs were written by Bruce Geller.
Written by Laurence Heath; Director Gerald Mayer.

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25 (C25) - The Interrogator: Novan Kruger (Henry Silva), who knows his country's plans for aggression, has been captured by a government unfriendly to the West. The IMF must find out what Kruger knows. Rollin is a psychiatrist and a prisoner (shown being interrogated in the picture), Jim is a major, Cinnamon pretends to be Kruger's wife, and Barney and Willy are soldiers.
As the last show of the third season, this was the final appearance of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain.
Written by Paul Playdon; Director Reza S Badiyi.

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