A local mobster has taken over control of the food distribution throughout the U.S. In order to nail him, the IMF must get to his contract killer. So, an elaborate scheme is put into place ... See full summary »

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A local mobster has taken over control of the food distribution throughout the U.S. In order to nail him, the IMF must get to his contract killer. So, an elaborate scheme is put into place where a prison is set up in a warehouse, and the killer is made to believe that he is going to be executed within the next 2 hours unless he turns informant on his boss. Written by wlmlbl

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Phony gas chamber con job. Head games.
23 May 2012 | by (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews

This particular Mission Impossible episode gives a rather realistic presentation of a gas chamber execution, but with some minor mistakes.

A phony gas chamber is built by the Mission Impossible team in order to convince a mob hit-killer that the MI team kidnapped that he only has a couple of hours to live unless he turns states evidence. Martin Landau, a member of the Mission Impossible team, portrays a prisoner going to this prop gas chamber just ahead of the mob contract killer. Landau gives a phony, yet rather convincing performance by begging and pleading while being dragged into this phony gas chamber. In the meantime, this contract killer is taking it all in and is slowly being convinced that this is all on the level, since both their cells are close to each other. Also, this M.I. episode could not take place in California, since that state uses a two-seat gas chamber. Also, I don't think there were enough cyanide pellets used in this M'I, episode. I think that 12-16 ounces are used, instead of just four pellets(eggs). I'm basing this primarily on the 1958 movie: "I Want to Live," with Susan Hayward.

I detected several minor mistakes. First, where's the priest? Second, I believe that gas chamber prisoners go in their bare feet, not their stocking feet. Socks might trap cyanide gas, thus being dangerous to the prison staff. Third. The tube that's connected to the prisoner's stethoscope is fed through one of the gas chamber's windows. Wouldn't this create an air leak? With cyanide gas, you had better have an airtight seal.

Trivia: Peter Graves plays a reversal in roles in this M.I. episode. In the 1954 movie, "Black Tuesday," Graves portrays death row inmate who killed a cop and robbed a bank of $200,000, is offered a 10 day reprieve moments before his scheduled execution if he will give up the bank's money that he stole. In this M.I. episode, Graves is the one who offers the reprieve to this mob contract killer if he will confess and turn states evidence.

The 1958 movie, I Want to Live, with Susan Hayward, from my own layman's viewpoint, gives a surprising accurate, detailed, realistic and believable presentation of a gas chamber execution.


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