A U.S. bomber crashes behind the Iron Curtain. Its Fail-Safe device, however, failed to self destruct. A brilliant U.S. scientist who defected to the unnamed country is supervising efforts ... See full summary »

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Paul Shipherd
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Laso
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A U.S. bomber crashes behind the Iron Curtain. Its Fail-Safe device, however, failed to self destruct. A brilliant U.S. scientist who defected to the unnamed country is supervising efforts to take the device apart, which will yield valuable information about the entire U.S. defense system. The IMF must recover the Fail-Safe device and abduct the scientist. As part of the plan devised by Phelps, Rollin and Cinnamon will pose as U.S. scientists on a tour. Written by Bill Koenig

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17 March 1968 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This appears to be the first episode in the series which has a "Your mission, should you decide to accept it" scene that is not followed by the usual Jim-selects-his-team-from-his-photo-dossier scene. The story moves directly from the flaming tape in the ash tray to the standard "final briefing" scene, where Jim and the usual team members (no guest stars on the good guys' side in this one) review the overall mission and the last details are confirmed. See more »

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When they are trying to open the device they are using small microphones to listen to the clicks of the combination lock. The "microphones" are clearly made of glass and are, in actuality, miniature light bulbs. See more »

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Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Phelps. Last night, one of our SAC bombers crashed behind the Iron Curtain. The plane's fail-safe mechanism did not destruct and has been taken to the Vatzia Institute, which is headed by the brilliant American physicist Paul Shipherd, who defected several years ago. If Shipherd succeeds in disassembling the mechanism, he will learn the key to our entire fail-safe system. Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to recover the fail-safe...
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) See more »

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IMF Recovers A FailSafe Device
20 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interestingly,the IMF team of Jim Phelps deal with a fail-safe device from a top-security scientific institute in "Recovery"

A U.S. bomber crashes in the Iron Curtain.Unfortunately,its fail-safe device does not explode.Apparently,an American scientist behind the effort. The IMF is given a mission to deal with a fail-safe device to prevent it from exploding considering that it will provide the full information about the defense system of the United States.The team is assigned to recover the device.In their mission,Jim,Rollin and Cinnamon pose as American scientists.

The episode provides us a great heist that the IMF does in fulfillment of their task.The viewer is given great no-nonsense Visual storytelling.


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