Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (17 Sep. 1966)

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Dan Briggs apparently rejoins the Impossible Missions Force after some sort of sabbatical. His recorded instructions include the words, "Welcome back, Dan. It's been some time." Briggs ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Rollin Hand / General Rio Dominguez
Terry Targo
Harry Davis ...
Paul Micale ...
Desk Clerk
Patrick Campbell ...
Day Vault Clerk
Fred Villani ...
Night Vault Clerk (as Fredric Villani)
Joseph Breen ...
Loft Manager (as Joe Breen)


Dan Briggs apparently rejoins the Impossible Missions Force after some sort of sabbatical. His recorded instructions include the words, "Welcome back, Dan. It's been some time." Briggs assembles a team that includes a master of disguise, a femme fatale, an electronics whiz, an incredibly strong man and a safecracker. Briggs will need all their skills to steal two atomic bombs from a hostile South American country. Written by Bill Koenig

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17 September 1966 (USA)  »

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The Lear Jet model 24A used at the end of the pilot, in which the team makes their escape from Santa Costa was owned by Frank Sinatra. It wore the tail number N175FS. Between 1965 and 1967 he and his entourage logged over 1,500 hours in the aircraft. See more »


When Dominguez slams the door on Terry Targo's hands, freeze-frame makes it clear that actor Wally Cox is holding a pair of wax hands by the wrists and has inserted the fake fingers into the door. See more »


General Rio Dominguez: Are you insane?
Daniel Briggs: You leave me no choice, General.
General Rio Dominguez: Your chances are one in a thousand.
Daniel Briggs: Our chances are by random choice. But I won't just guess. I think the code is your national colors - green, white and blue. Right, General?
General Rio Dominguez: No! Not green.
Daniel Briggs: Red, white and blue? General, you not only have sense, you have a sense of the ironic.
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References Topkapi (1964) See more »

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Steven Hill's contribution to Impossible Mission Force
28 May 2006 | by (Tujunga California) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt, the Impossible Mission Force could not have gotten off the ground without their leader, Daniel Briggs (Steven Hill). Fortunately when he left, Peter Graves (nee Aurness) as IMF leader Jim Phelps was able to take up the slack. In 1955 he directed Gunsmoke in which his brother James Arness (nee Aurness) starred in the main lead. As another side note, he played Martin Davis in Bayou, retitled POOR WHITE TRASH in 1957. In 2003 he played Noah Poole a former Nazi officer who passed himself off as a Swedish Jew in COLD CASE, he still looked in good form and turned in an excellent performance at age 77 too! Steven Hill looks quite different now on LAW AND ORDER as District Attorney Adam Schiff, but also quite distinguished at age 84! Martin Landau (1966-1969)was Rollin Hand and in 1969 Leonard Nimoy as Paris until 1971, both actors added a lot to the series as did Peter Lupus who played Willy Armitage did well with the limited parts given him. Greg Morris as Barney Collier was great with gadgets and made using them look very professionally done and quite believable too! Barbara Bain as Cinnamon Carter was more memorable than Lynda Day George as Lisa Casey or Lesley Ann Warren as Dana Lambert or Barbara Anderson as Mimi Davis. Sam Elliott as Doug Robert seemed forgettable and appeared to myself as playing a very limited role. Poor old Bob Johnson who was the voice on the tape never appeared before the camera and I wondered to this day what he looked like? Sad to say, the recent crop of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE motion pictures just do not seem to cut it, this is definitely a series that cannot be replaced nor more than I LOVE LUCY, SERGEANT BILKO, CAR-54, and a host of other great t.v. series! I am looking forward to the day they release the Mission Impossible series on either video-tape, DVD, or both formats! Steven Hill was and is a great actor! Sarge Booker of Tujunga, California

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