Mission: Impossible: Season 3, Episode 4

The Mercenaries (27 Oct. 1968)

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A mercenary army in Central Africa led by Krim is destabilizing the region, and stockpiling stolen gold. Phelps and the IMF capitalize on Krim's greed, and manipulate him into arranging the... See full summary »



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Colonel Hans Krim
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Major January Gruner
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A mercenary army in Central Africa led by Krim is destabilizing the region, and stockpiling stolen gold. Phelps and the IMF capitalize on Krim's greed, and manipulate him into arranging the theft of his own gold bullion stored in a seemingly impenetrable vault. Written by em

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The tape recording in this episode is on an eight track tape cassette, but when Jim is looking at the picture of Krim you can see the reels of a large reel to reel player turning behind it. See more »


Person on Tape: Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps. You're looking at Colonel Hans Krim, the leader of a mercenary army currently ravaging Equatorial Africa. Ostensibly, Krim fights for the cause of emerging nations, but, in reality, he is nothing but a military gangster who plunders ally and enemy alike. Krim and his mercenaries have converted their loot into gold bars, which are kept within the enclave used as headquarters. Your mission, Jim, is to destroy Krim and return the gold. As always, should you or any of ...
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One of the better episodes.
21 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Colonel Krim (Pernell Roberts) is not only a mercenary, but he's corrupt and evil...even compared to most mercenaries! So, the plan is to discredit him so that his own soldiers kill this butt-head. To do it, they have Barney create a machine to burrow into the mercenary treasury and melt their gold. They then take the liquefied gold out of the vault and make it into new gold bars. Why would they go to all this trouble? To create a treasure for Krim to steal and hide from his men. However, he doesn't realize he's stealing his army's funds--and when they find out about them, they sure WON'T be pleased and they'll think he knew what he was doing.

This one features a lot of gadgetry and an intricate plot. Fortunately, it also features few of the loose ends or conundrums that sometimes mar these episodes--well, aside from the impossible to construct gold-melting machine! Well done and worth seeing.

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