Mission: Impossible: Season 5, Episode 20

Kitara (20 Feb. 1971)

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Government forces in a racist African country have captured, Kitara, the leader of the revolutionary forces and will torture him to death in their effort to find the gold bullion he has ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Dana Lambert (as Lesley Warren)
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Colonel Alex Kohler
Rex Holman ...
Captain Maxfield
John Darcy
Jason Wingreen ...
Manservant (Hawn)
Ken Renard ...
First Guard


Government forces in a racist African country have captured, Kitara, the leader of the revolutionary forces and will torture him to death in their effort to find the gold bullion he has hidden. To rescue Kitara and secure the gold Jim plans to manipulate the security official interrogating him. What better way to manipulate a racist than to turn him into what he least wants to be and turn his own forces against him? Written by David Foss

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20 February 1971 (USA)  »

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Colonel Kohler's house is the same one that served as Mr. Roark's residence in Fantasy Island (1977). See more »


When Barney and Kitara are removed from the hotbox little or no perspiration is seen on their faces or clothing. See more »

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Shades of the "Watermelon Man" movie
6 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews


This particular IMF episode takes a page from the movie released in the previous year called "Watermelon Man" where a white male changes to a dark skinned man overnight. Using a while racist organization in Africa as the theme of this mission, the plot deals with the rescue of a captured Black African prisoner who has stolen a gold shipment that was owned by the racist organization. Lawrence Dobkin plays the leader of the racist organization who undergoes the skin color change that is induced by drugs and a special light tube that is installed in his quarters. This change forces him to hide his condition from his other followers and to undermine what he thought was his white ancestry. Phelps and Doug play fake white racist soldiers while Barney has himself captured so that he can be close to the captured prisoner. Dana plays an interviewer and Paris plays a photographer who provides different photos to fool the racist leader. The team is able to get the location of the stolen gold and use that knowledge to make it appear that the now skin color changed racist leader is involved with the theft.

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