Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Legacy 

The IMF must thwart four young Nazis from claiming Hitler's fortune, which they plan to use to finance a Fourth Reich.



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Episode cast overview:
Daniel Briggs
Cinnamon Carter
Willy Armitage
Rollin Hand
Ernst Graff
Alfred Kuderlee
Bill Fletcher ...
Claude Woolman ...
Paul von Schneer
Patrick Horgan ...
Dr. Lubell
Walter Friedel ...
Lt. Euler


Four sons of leaders from Nazi Germany are to meet in Switzerland to take control of Hitler's missing fortune to finance the start of a Fourth Reich. Briggs and the IMF only know the identity of one of the four. The IMF puts Rollin in the man's place. Rollins faces various perils, including not knowing part of a Swiss bank account that contains a key clue. Briggs must make adjustments in his plan to keep Rollin alive and to prevent the conspirators from getting their hands on the fortune. Written by Bill Koenig

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7 January 1967 (USA)  »

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Most of the first four minutes of the episode are spliced from earlier episodes. The mission briefing scene is taken from "Wheels"--down to the error of Dan missing the furnace when he disposes of the recording. The team selection scene, however, is taken from "Old Man Out." This was frequently done in the first season to accommodate Steven Hill, who was reluctant to work on the Sabbath. See more »


After Briggs has listened to the tape of the 'mission' briefing he destroys the tape reel by throwing it into a furnace as he passes in his car . If you look carefully as the camera pans to the furnace you will notice the reel in the bottom of the frame as it misses its target and bounces back off the floor . See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Briggs. Since late in 1945, the Allied Command has been trying to track down Adolph Hitler's personal fortune. Now it looks like we've finally gotten a break. Four young men, sons of Hitler's most trusted officers, are gathering in Zurich, Switzerland. We believe they have knowledge which will lead them to the Hitler treasure. They plan to use it to launch the Fourth Reich. We've been able to identify one of the young heirs. His name is Paul von ...
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Edited from Mission: Impossible: Wheels (1966) See more »

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Rollin...the Nazi!
6 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

"The Legacy" is an interesting edition of "Mission: Impossible" because it was one of the first episodes of the series AND one of the last. This is because when the "Mission: Impossible" series was rebooted in 1988, one of the episodes was a remake--and, incidentally, was also called "The Legacy".

In the first season, quite a few "Mission: Impossible" shows did not star the entire cast. In this case, Cinnamon (Barbara Bain) was not in the show. Rollin poses as a neo-Nazi in order to penetrate a movement wanting to create a Fourth Reich. Why? So that the team can learn about a HUGE supply of gold hidden by the Nazis. They've got to get it before these nuts in order to prevent a reign of terror.

This show is a bit unusual because it ends with a prolonged gun battle. Additionally, Briggs is very seriously wounded! Neither tended to happen on the show--although you'd THINK this would happen much more often. Although the episode itself is incredibly far-fetched, it is quite entertaining and well worth your time.

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