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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Release Date:
17 September 1966 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Failure impossible.
Plot:
An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture. Full summary »
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Awards:
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 14 wins & 37 nominations See more »
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(199 articles)
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Rarely equalled, never surpassed See more (43 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 374)

Greg Morris ... Barney Collier (171 episodes, 1966-1973)

Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage (161 episodes, 1966-1973)
Bob Johnson ... Person on Tape / ... (156 episodes, 1966-1973)

Peter Graves ... James Phelps (143 episodes, 1967-1973)

Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter / ... (78 episodes, 1966-1969)

Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand / ... (76 episodes, 1966-1969)
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Series Directed by
Reza Badiyi (18 episodes, 1969-1972)
Barry Crane (15 episodes, 1969-1973)
Paul Krasny (14 episodes, 1968-1973)
Lee H. Katzin (11 episodes, 1967-1968)
Leonard Horn (10 episodes, 1966-1971)
Leslie H. Martinson (9 episodes, 1971-1973)
Paul Stanley (7 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Llewellyn Moxey (7 episodes, 1969-1972)
Charles R. Rondeau (6 episodes, 1966-1971)
Alexander Singer (5 episodes, 1967-1969)
Sutton Roley (5 episodes, 1968-1972)
Murray Golden (5 episodes, 1969-1971)
Virgil W. Vogel (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Lewis Allen (4 episodes, 1967-1973)
Gerald Mayer (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Marvin J. Chomsky (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Bernard L. Kowalski (3 episodes, 1966)
Richard Benedict (3 episodes, 1967-1969)
Alf Kjellin (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Michael O'Herlihy (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Stuart Hagmann (3 episodes, 1969)
Marc Daniels (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Robert Totten (2 episodes, 1968)
Terry Becker (2 episodes, 1970-1972)
 
Series Writing credits
Bruce Geller (171 episodes, 1966-1973)
Allan Balter (24 episodes, 1966-1968)
William Read Woodfield (24 episodes, 1966-1968)
Laurence Heath (23 episodes, 1966-1972)
Paul Playdon (14 episodes, 1968-1971)
Ken Pettus (10 episodes, 1969-1971)
Harold Livingston (9 episodes, 1970-1972)
Arthur Weiss (8 episodes, 1970-1972)
James L. Henderson (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
Samuel Roeca (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
Stephen Kandel (6 episodes, 1972-1973)
Leigh Vance (5 episodes, 1969-1972)
Ellis Marcus (4 episodes, 1966)
Edward J. Lakso (4 episodes, 1967-1973)
Jerrold L. Ludwig (4 episodes, 1968-1970)
Howard Berk (4 episodes, 1969-1972)
Ed Adamson (4 episodes, 1970-1972)
Norman Katkov (4 episodes, 1970-1972)
Howard Browne (4 episodes, 1971-1973)
Robert Lewin (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Mann Rubin (3 episodes, 1967-1971)
Barney Slater (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
John D.F. Black (3 episodes, 1968-1971)
Ronald Austin (3 episodes, 1969-1972)
James D. Buchanan (3 episodes, 1969-1972)
Jackson Gillis (3 episodes, 1970-1972)
Richard M. Sakal (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Lou Shaw (2 episodes, 1968-1973)
John T. Dugan (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Sy Salkowitz (2 episodes, 1968)
Robert E. Thompson (2 episodes, 1968)
Judy Burns (2 episodes, 1969-1971)
Walter Brough (2 episodes, 1970-1972)
Henry Sharp (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Orville H. Hampton (2 episodes, 1971-1973)

Series Produced by
Bruce Geller .... executive producer / producer (170 episodes, 1966-1973)
Barry Crane .... associate producer / producer (144 episodes, 1966-1973)
Joseph Gantman .... producer (52 episodes, 1966-1968)
Bruce Lansbury .... producer (43 episodes, 1969-1972)
Stanley Kallis .... producer (32 episodes, 1968-1970)
John W. Rogers .... associate producer (25 episodes, 1967-1968)
Robert F. O'Neill .... associate producer (20 episodes, 1967-1968)
Laurence Heath .... producer (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
Allan Balter .... producer (7 episodes, 1968)
William Read Woodfield .... producer (7 episodes, 1968)
Robert E. Thompson .... producer (2 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin (18 episodes, 1966-1973)
Richard Markowitz (9 episodes, 1969-1970)
Robert Drasnin (8 episodes, 1967-1971)
Jerry Fielding (7 episodes, 1967-1969)
Gerald Fried (6 episodes, 1966-1969)
Walter Scharf (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Benny Golson (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Richard Hazard (3 episodes, 1969-1972)
Robert Prince (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ronald W. Browne (65 episodes, 1970-1973)
Keith C. Smith (46 episodes, 1968-1970)
Michel Hugo (23 episodes, 1967-1968)
Gert Andersen (18 episodes, 1966-1969)
Charles Straumer (7 episodes, 1966)
Gerald Perry Finnerman (3 episodes, 1967)
Andrew J. McIntyre (3 episodes, 1968)
Fred J. Koenekamp (2 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Film Editing by
John Loeffler (35 episodes, 1968-1973)
David Wages (28 episodes, 1967-1971)
Jerry Taylor (21 episodes, 1969-1973)
Larry Strong (15 episodes, 1971-1973)
Robert Watts (14 episodes, 1966-1968)
Robert L. Swanson (14 episodes, 1967-1971)
Paul Krasny (11 episodes, 1966-1967)
William Cairncross (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Arthur Hilton (6 episodes, 1969-1970)
Stanley Rabjohn (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Neil MacDonald (4 episodes, 1967)
John A. Fegan Jr. (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Jodie Copelan (4 episodes, 1969)
Michael Pozen (2 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Casting by
Joseph D'Agosta (77 episodes, 1966-1969)
Jim Merrick (50 episodes, 1969-1971)
Betty Martin (43 episodes, 1971-1973)
William J. Kenney (15 episodes, 1968-1969)
 
Series Art Direction by
Gibson Holley (93 episodes, 1969-1973)
Bill Ross (50 episodes, 1967-1969)
Jan Van Tamelen (25 episodes, 1966-1967)
Rolland M. Brooks (21 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Lucien Hafley (167 episodes, 1966-1973)
William F. Calvert (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Makeup Department
Adele Taylor .... hairstylist / hair stylist (170 episodes, 1966-1973)
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (143 episodes, 1967-1973)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (28 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Production Management
William Cairncross .... in charge of post-production / post-production supervisor (62 episodes, 1969-1972)
Herbert F. Solow .... executive in charge of production (53 episodes, 1966-1968)
Paul Krasny .... in charge of post-production (51 episodes, 1968-1970)
John A. Fegan Jr. .... post-production supervisor (45 episodes, 1970-1972)
Bill Heath .... post-production executive (28 episodes, 1966-1967)
William Eatherly .... production supervisor (27 episodes, 1966-1967)
Bill Derwin .... production manager (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Edward Haldeman .... production manager (25 episodes, 1968-1969)
Gordon A. Webb .... production manager (23 episodes, 1970-1971)
Michael P. Schoenbrun .... production manager (22 episodes, 1971-1972)
Donald R. Rode .... post-production supervisor / production manager (22 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert L. Swanson .... post-production supervisor (9 episodes, 1969)

Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael P. Schoenbrun .... assistant director (24 episodes, 1969-1971)
Victor Vallejo .... assistant director (22 episodes, 1967-1969)
Bill Derwin .... assistant director (22 episodes, 1971-1973)
Bob White .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1971-1972)
John W. Rogers .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1966-1967)
Harry Hogan III .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ted Butcher .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1968-1972)
Gordon A. Webb .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1969-1970)
Ric Rondell .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1967)
Jerome M. Siegel .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Al Kraus .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1968-1969)
Gene De Ruelle .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1969-1970)
Wilbur Mosier .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1966)
Max Stein .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Dale Coleman .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1967)
David Hawks .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1967)
Ray Taylor Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Jim Myers .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Art Department
Arthur Wasson .... supervising property master / property master (107 episodes, 1966-1973)
Robert O. Richards .... property master / supervising property master (36 episodes, 1969-1973)
William M. Bates .... property master (22 episodes, 1967-1969)
Art Lipschultz .... property master (7 episodes, 1970-1971)
 
Series Sound Department
Dominick Gaffey .... production mixer / production sound mixer (143 episodes, 1967-1973)
Joseph G. Sorokin .... supervising sound editor / sound editor (63 episodes, 1966-1969)
Gordon L. Day .... re-recording mixer (59 episodes, 1968-1971)
William M. Andrews .... sound effects editor (44 episodes, 1971-1973)
Joel Moss .... re-recording mixer / sound re-recording mixer (43 episodes, 1970-1972)
Michael Colgan .... sound editor (29 episodes, 1969-1970)
Tommy Thompson .... sound engineer (25 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jay M. Harding .... re-recording mixer / sound re-recording mixer (22 episodes, 1972-1973)
Elden Ruberg .... re-recording mixer (19 episodes, 1967-1968)
Frank White .... sound editor (14 episodes, 1970-1971)
John Post .... sound editor (11 episodes, 1966-1967)
Doug Grindstaff .... supervising sound editor (6 episodes, 1969)
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1967)
Carl Daniels .... sound engineer (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Special Effects by
John Burke .... special effects (169 episodes, 1966-1973)
 
Series Stunts
Dick Dial .... stunt double: Peter Graves / stunt double: Fritz Weaver (89 episodes, 1966-1970)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Lee Duncan .... stunt double: Greg Morris / stunt double: Greg Morris (4 episodes, 1969)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt double / stunt performer / ... (3 episodes, 1970-1972)
George P. Wilbur .... stunt double: Peter Graves (2 episodes, 1969-1971)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt double: H.M. Wynant (2 episodes, 1969)
Tony Brubaker .... stunt double: Greg Morris / stunt double: Rafer Johnson (2 episodes, 1971)

Lee Faulkner .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Wayne McLaren .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Charles Wilcox .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (28 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ross Cannon .... key grip (26 episodes, 1966-1967)
Bobby Jones .... gaffer (9 episodes, 1967)
Joseph Edesa .... gaffer (5 episodes, 1966)
Joe Wharton .... gaffer (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
George H. Merhoff .... gaffer (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Forrest T. Butler .... supervising costumer / costume supervisor: men / ... (100 episodes, 1966-1970)
Sabine Manela .... costume supervisor: women / costumer: women / ... (75 episodes, 1966-1969)
Dodie Shepard .... costume supervisor: women (72 episodes, 1969-1972)
Michael Tierney .... supervising costumer / costume supervisor / ... (67 episodes, 1970-1973)
Andrea E. Weaver .... set costumer: women (49 episodes, 1969-1971)
Mina Mittelman .... costume supervisor: women / costumer supervisor: women (21 episodes, 1972-1973)
Bob Spencer .... costume supervisor (3 episodes, 1966)
Grace Kuhn .... costumer: women (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Editorial Department
Larry L. Mills .... editorial coordinator (51 episodes, 1970-1973)
Michael Vejar .... editorial coordinator (26 episodes, 1969-1970)
Paul Krasny .... supervising film editor (22 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jerry Taylor .... editorial coordinator (20 episodes, 1968-1969)
Fred Stafford .... editorial coordinator (16 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar soloist (171 episodes, 1966-1973)
Lalo Schifrin .... composer: theme music / composer: stock music (157 episodes, 1966-1973)
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (133 episodes, 1967-1973)
Kenyon Hopkins .... music supervisor (63 episodes, 1970-1973)
Wilbur Hatch .... music consultant / music supervisor (28 episodes, 1966-1967)
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (28 episodes, 1966-1967)
Emil Richards .... musician: bongos (28 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ted Whitfield .... music editor (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jerry MacDonald .... music editor (11 episodes, 1967)
Richard Markowitz .... conductor / composer: stock music (10 episodes, 1969-1970)
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (9 episodes, 1972-1973)
Jerry Fielding .... conductor (7 episodes, 1967-1969)
Gerald Fried .... conductor (6 episodes, 1966-1969)
Robert Drasnin .... conductor (6 episodes, 1967-1970)
Walter Scharf .... conductor (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Benny Golson .... conductor (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
Leith Stevens .... music supervisor (3 episodes, 1970)
Richard Hazard .... conductor (2 episodes, 1969-1971)
 
Series Transportation Department
Ed Chamey .... vehicle coordinator / vehicles (115 episodes, 1968-1973)
Chris Haynes .... driver (2 episodes, 1969)
 
Series Other crew
Alan Greedy .... script supervisor (101 episodes, 1966-1970)
Dale Tarter .... production coordinator / assistant to producer / ... (93 episodes, 1969-1973)
Philip D. Fehrle .... production assistant / assistant to executive producer / ... (78 episodes, 1966-1969)
Douglas S. Cramer .... executive vice president in charge of production (74 episodes, 1968-1971)
Barbara Atkinson .... script supervisor (67 episodes, 1970-1973)
Laurence Heath .... story consultant / script consultant (67 episodes, 1970-1973)
Michael Jarvis .... production coordinator (45 episodes, 1970-1972)
Allan Balter .... script consultant / story consultant (39 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Read Woodfield .... script consultant / story consultant (39 episodes, 1967-1968)
Paul Playdon .... script consultant (29 episodes, 1968-1970)
Jack Clements .... production coordinator (22 episodes, 1972-1973)
Stephen Kandel .... story editor (22 episodes, 1972-1973)
Alan Godfrey .... production coordinator (20 episodes, 1968-1969)
Robert E. Thompson .... script consultant (11 episodes, 1968-1969)
Micheal Pociecha .... animal supervisor (3 episodes, 1970)
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1970)
 
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Trivia:
The episodes "Action", "The Town" and "Kidnap" are the only ones in which the head of the IMF team did not receive instructions. In "Action", Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain) received the instructions instead. It's also the only episode in the first season in which Dan Briggs (Steven Hill) did not appear. In "The Town", Phelps is on vacation when he uncovers a town of assassins who immobilize & try to kill him. In "Kidnap" Phelps is kidnapped and the information for his release is given to Barney (Greg Morris). There are only six episodes that are not "true missions". They include two of the above ("The Town" and "Kidnap") as well as "Death Squad" where Barney is charged with murder, "The Condemned" where Phelps has to help a friend who has been charged with murder and "The Ransom" where Briggs has to save a friend's kidnapped daughter. In "Cat's Paw" Barney's brother is murdered and the team helps him bring those responsible to justice.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In almost every episode someone has to pick a lock. They insert the pick, wiggle it a few times and open the door. To actually open a lock you must also rotate the cylinder just as you do with a key. For this you would use a second "L" or "Z" shaped pick to exert pressure while you moved the pins with the first pick. This is never done.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Voice on Tape:As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Good luck, Jim. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Neighbours: Episode #1.769" (1988)See more »

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37 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Rarely equalled, never surpassed, 11 January 2004
Author: hgallon from Derbyshire, UK

One of my fondest memories of TV viewing in the late 60's and 70's, was the weekly hour of tension which Mission Impossible provided. There was the initial bewilderment of trying to work out how on earth the brief flashes of peculiar devices and tension-ridden confrontations could possibly be woven into a coherent plot. Next, there were the wonderfully mundane locations in which Peter Graves would retrieve the briefing materials and the tape which invariably dissolved in a cloud of smoke.

After all the introduction, the remaining fifty minutes was sometimes an anti-climax. More often, it was very satisfying to see the initial vignettes fitted jigsaw-pattern into the plot. Perhaps towards the very end of the series, the plots became a little stilted or physically impossible; but invariably entertaining.

Like most fans of the original series, I found the over-hyped film of the same name to be an facile and shallow work with no redeeming features. I would die happy seeing a film in which Martin Landau, Peter Graves, Greg Morris et al. emerge creaking from retirement to save the day, and as they so often did, drive off leaving thwarted villains to turn on each other.

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