Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 20

The Legend (11 Feb. 1967)

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The IMF team infiltrates a top-secret meeting of Nazis in South America and is shocked to learn that their leader is the legendary war criminal Martin Bormann.



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Episode cast overview:
Willy Armitage (credit only)
Gunnar Hellström ...
Frederick Rudd (as Gunnar Hellstrom)
Gene Roth ...
General von Cramm
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The IMF team infiltrates a top-secret meeting of Nazis in South America and is shocked to learn that their leader is the legendary war criminal Martin Bormann.

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When this episode first aired, the ultimate fate of Martin Bormann was not known. Although he had been tried in absentia and sentenced to death at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946, he was rumored to still be alive. It wasn't until 1972, over five years after this episode aired, that German construction workers found what was believed to be his body in West Berlin, where it was believed he had been killed trying to escape Berlin in the closing days of the war. It wasn't until 1998 that a conclusive DNA match was made. See more »


When Cinnamon is lighting the smoke crystals on the pillow with the cigarette, Barbara Bain unintentionally drops the cigarette and she then unsuccessfully tries to catch it as it rolls off the edge of the pillow, but she then ignores it and carries on with the scene. See more »

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More Nazis! But this time they're really stupid!
6 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Only a few episodes, in "The Legacy", the IM Force battled a group of Nazis trying to create the Fourth Reich. Here in "The Legend" the same Nazi theme is revisited. You wonder why the Nazis in both episodes didn't just pool their resources! If you want to easily keep track of which one is which, remember that "The Legend" is the stupid one! While I have not yet finished re-watching all of season one, I would venture to say with relative certainty that "The Legend" is the worst episode of an otherwise excellent first season. The plot is dumb but the execution is just pathetic.

It seems that in 1967, folks still were unaware of the whereabouts of Martin Bormann--one of the highest ranking Nazis who could not be accounted for at that time (he was dead but his body wasn't yet discovered). A man named Friedrich Rudd claims to be the caretaker for Bormann and has invited a small group of aging high-ranking Nazis to come and hear Bormann declare a new Germany to be led by him. Here is the problem--Rudd OBVIOUSLY does not have Bormann and his attempt is just pathetic. This 'Bormann' is clearly a dummy and even though he's seen from behind a veil (which is pretty lame), it's obvious his lips aren't moving. So, when Dan Briggs (who is disguised as one of the old Nazi geezers) discovers this by sneaking into Bormann's room, it's only a surprise to the blind viewers. None of this makes any sense and the show is just stupid--totally stupid because of this gimmick. It's a tiny bit better when Rollin arrives and claims HE is Bormann--but by then it's just too late. Limp, stupid and an insult to the audience.

Charlie McCarthy would have been a more realistic Bormann--and at least he would have been funny as well!

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