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
Sergeant Gorte (as Victor Tayback)


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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In order to steal the gold the IMF team heats the vault hot enough to melt the gold bars (2200 degrees F). Yet, immediately after getting the gold, they spray paint over the walls and floor. The paint would burn, or at least blister if sprayed on the heated walls. When Krim enters the vault he doesn't notice the heat or the smell of paint. It would take at least 36 hours for the walls to cool to room temperature. See more »


Colonel Hans Krim: Tell me, did the 20th leave something valuable here?
Rollin Hand: [as a returning mercenary] Only our honor, Colonel.
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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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