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"Mission: Impossible" The Mercenaries (1968)

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Mission: Impossible: Season 3: Episode 4 -- The Impossible Missions Force, led by Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) enters Equatorial Africa to crush an army of mercenaries, led by a self styled colonel (guest star Pernell Roberts), and to return plundered gold to its rightful owners on Paramount Television's "Mission: Impossible."


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Original Air Date:
27 October 1968 (Season 3, Episode 4)
A mercenary army in Central Africa led by Krim is destabilizing the region, and stockpiling stolen gold... See more » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Peter Graves ... James Phelps

Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand

Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter

Greg Morris ... Barney Collier

Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage

Pernell Roberts ... Colonel Hans Krim
Skip Homeier ... Major January Gruner

Vic Tayback ... Sergeant Gorte (as Victor Tayback)

Bo Svenson ... Karl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Johnson ... Person on Tape (voice) (uncredited)

William Lucking ... Corporal Stohlman (uncredited)
Beatriz Monteil ... Camp Follower (uncredited)
Boyd Santell ... Corporal Verte (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Paul Krasny 
Writing credits
Bruce Geller (created by)

Laurence Heath (written by)

Produced by
Allan Balter .... producer
Barry Crane .... associate producer
Bruce Geller .... executive producer
William Read Woodfield .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Drasnin 
Cinematography by
Andrew J. McIntyre (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Swanson 
Casting by
Joseph D'Agosta 
Art Direction by
Bill Ross 
Set Decoration by
Lucien Hafley 
Makeup Department
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (as Bob Dawn)
Adele Taylor .... hairstylist
Production Management
Edward Haldeman .... production manager
Paul Krasny .... in charge of post-production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Vallejo .... assistant director
Art Department
Arthur Wasson .... supervising property master
Sound Department
Gordon L. Day .... re-recording mixer
Dominick Gaffey .... production mixer
Joseph G. Sorokin .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
John Burke .... special effects (as Jonnie Burke)
Dick Dial .... stunt double: Peter Graves (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael A. Jones .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Forrest T. Butler .... supervising costumer
Sabine Manela .... costume supervisor: women
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Robert Drasnin .... conductor
Lalo Schifrin .... composer: theme music
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ed Chamey .... vehicles
Other crew
Douglas S. Cramer .... executive vice president in charge of production
Philip D. Fehrle .... assistant to executive producer (as Philip Fehrle)
Alan Greedy .... script supervisor (as Allan Greedy)
Robert E. Thompson .... script consultant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bruce Geller  creator

Production Management
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Taylor Jr. .... assistant director (1971-1972)
Lee Faulkner .... utility stunts
Wayne McLaren .... stunts
Charles Wilcox .... stunts
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Revealing mistakes: While interrogating Rollin, Krim clutches a rather small coffee cup (which he seemingly perpetually drinks from). A close up of the cup reveals the half full cup of "coffee" is actually painted inside the cup - it does not slosh around when he moves.See more »
[first lines]
Person on Tape:[voice 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...
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Movie Connections:
Remade as Stolen (2012)See more »


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One of the better episodes., 21 June 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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