The dying leader of a European nation has a protégé ready to assume power. What the leader doesn't know is his protégé has plans to crack down on liberty and execute his enemies. Briggs, in... See full summary »

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Deputy Premier Milos Pavel
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The dying leader of a European nation has a protégé ready to assume power. What the leader doesn't know is his protégé has plans to crack down on liberty and execute his enemies. Briggs, in addition to his normal IMF operatives, enlists the help of a physician and an Academy Award-winning art director, as part of his plan. Eventually, the IMF runs an elaborate con, including a phony train ride, aimed at causing the protégé to show his true intentions. Written by Bill Koenig

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18 March 1967 (USA)  »

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The locomotives used are General Motors SW-1500 diesel switcher units. The diesel locomotive coupled to the passenger cars at the opening is likely an EMD E8 or E9 passenger road locomotive. The locomotive and the cars bear the colors of the Union pacific railroad. See more »

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When Barney is controlling the fake train sound effects, one of the tape machines is labeled "whistle" when a very low pitched horn is heard. See more »

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Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Briggs. The man you're looking at is Ferenc Larya, the Prime Minister of Svardia, who has long fought to establish democracy and freedom for his people. Larya is now gravely ill and hasn't long to live. He has groomed Deputy Premier Pavel to succeed him and carry on his policies. We know, however, that once in power, Pavel would set up a dictatorship and then purge the country of all opposition. But Larya will not hear anything against Pavel. The ...
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Actually, this one is rather sad...
7 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Prime Minister Larya (Rhys Williams) is the gravely ill leader of some fictional nation. His second in command, Deputy Premier Milos Pavel (William Wyndom) is biding his time and waiting for the inevitable death of Larya. Then, he plans on a huge crackdown on all dissent--and this means executions...LOTS of executions. The IM Force cannot allow Pavel to assume power and in order to prevent a bloodbath, they need to discredit him before Larya's death.

Like many of the best episodes of the series, the team constructs an elaborate movie set. Using the guise of taking Larya to Switzerland for medical treatment, the team actually put the train car into a building where they rig it up to make it SEEM like the train is moving. They do this by projecting film of the passing countryside as well as using a lot of equipment to rock the car and provide sound effects. To put this over, the team uses Hollywood folks along with, as usual, Barney.

The plan is to then have this train 'crash' and then show what Pavel plans to do after Larya is supposedly killed in this accident. And, then to allow the still living Larya to see his 'friend's' actions as the new prime minister.

This one is a classic and does what the show did best. But it also works well because you like Larya and really feel bad for him when he learns the truth. Exceptional.


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