Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Money Machine 

The IMF's target is DuBruis, a corrupt financial speculator in an African nation. Phelps & Co. get DuBruis's attention with counterfeit money, virtually the same as the nation's currency ... See full summary »

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The IMF's target is DuBruis, a corrupt financial speculator in an African nation. Phelps & Co. get DuBruis's attention with counterfeit money, virtually the same as the nation's currency except for the quality of the paper. The elaborate game plan calls for Cinnamon to tempt DuBruis with supposed insider information about a mining company and Phelps and Rollin posing as criminals who've developed computerized counterfeiting. Barney is also on hand to make the "computer" work. Written by Bill Koenig

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29 October 1967 (USA)  »

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Cinnamon is waiting at the exchange. In long shots there is a man in a gray suit sitting next to her. In medium close shots the man is not there. This happens several times. See more »

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Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps. The man you are looking at is Walter DuBris, the most unscrupulous financier in Africa. DuBris' brokerage firm is in Ghalea, a small African nation, whose pro-Western government is the key to stability in the area. Last week, the shipment of paper used to make Ghalean currency was hijacked by this man, a counterfeiter, Raf Tagoor. We believe Tagoor has made a deal with DuBris to pass the counterfeit money, which would wreck the Ghalean ...
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...but at least they let Barney kill someone!
5 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

The other review for this particular episode of "Mission: Impossible" rightly points out that Barney usually got the crappy jobs where he had to crawl into tiny spaces, get locked in trunks and the like--and this episode is no different! However, on the plus side, they do let Barney kill someone--a rare even on this show!

DuBruis (Brock Peters) is a government minister in the African nation of Ghalea--and he's totally corrupt. So the IM Force wants to take advantage of his greed to destroy him. Using a complicated scheme, DuBruis is convinced that some folks have a computer that can make perfect copies of the Ghalean currency. At the same time, they create a fake 'confidential news story' that a HUGE strike has been made at a copper mine. So, allowing his greed to run away with him, DuBruis plans to finance buying millions of dollars of Ambuli Copper using counterfeit funds!

Apart from seeing Barney take a life, some other things to look for in this episode is one of the very worst uses of a stunt double in TV history when Rollin is supposedly having a fight with Barney at the top of the stairs--and the guy is so obviously NOT Rollin! Another thing to not is the 'mobile computer'! While it was tiny by 1960s standards, it looks amazingly silly today--and HUGE!

If you can ignore the bad use of the stunt double, "The Money Machine" is a great episode--and I found myself laughing out loud when the show ended, as it was juicy and devilishly clever!


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