Behind the Iron Curtain, an ambitious general has imprisoned a Cardinal who is his nation's spiritual leader. The general has replaced the Cardinal with a double. All the monks and nuns at ... See full summary »



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General Casimir Zepke
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Stanislaus Cardinal Souchek / Anton Nagorski
Major Maria Felder


Behind the Iron Curtain, an ambitious general has imprisoned a Cardinal who is his nation's spiritual leader. The general has replaced the Cardinal with a double. All the monks and nuns at a monastery where the Cardinal is staying are really troopers commanded by the general. The plot calls for the double to make a televised speech endorsing a takeover by the general. Phelps & Co. must rescue the Cardinal. The IMF's plan includes Rollin impersonating another Cardinal and Phelps pretending to be a doctor. Written by Bill Koenig

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17 November 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the episode "The Cardinal" Barney (Greg Morris) uses a small white machine that extrudes a very long pipe. This is not a special effect. The "pipe" is a flat strip of spring steel which has been preformed into a tube. The strip is flattened and wound around a reel inside the machine. As it is unwound it forms itself into a tube. When retracted it is again flattened and wound on the reel. See more »


During the "tape scene," the tape recorder that Phelps is playing first has a take-up reel that has much more tape than the left-hand reel that is still to play; then in two consecutive shots, there is as much or more tape on the first reel than on the take-up reel; then just before the tape "self destructs," the take-up reel again has more tape than the other reel. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you're looking at is General Casimir Zepke, who is plotting to make himself a dictator. Only one man stands between Zepke and absolute power - Stanislaus Cardinal Souchek, whose influence with the people has kept his country free. We have learned that Zepke imprisoned the Cardinal six weeks ago when he entered Zolnar Monastery for his annual retreat. Zepke intends to replace him with an exact double who will politically endorse Zepke...
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A tension convention
24 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the missions where things don't go so smoothly. Interesting opening contains one of the older magazine covers for Cinnamon whereas the previous aired episode had a newer cover shot for her. I originally came back to this site through Barbara Babcock who was the actress portraying a Major in Nuns garb. She had a very familiar look yet I couldn't place her. Theodore Bikel does a superlative job as the heavy in the piece. This is an episode that as the viewer you pay attention to all of the detail that the creative team did in crafting this teleplay, you will enhance your enjoyment as you know that this is an above average entry compared to the typical drama of this type, yet it is why Mission Impossible always stood out as the little things are rarely overlooked in the series. One thing I noticed in this season so far is that cigarette smoking in each episode of the season to this point was a constant and not limited to just the main cast.

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