Mission: Impossible: Season 1, Episode 18

The Trial (28 Jan. 1967)

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Briggs poses as an American tourist and subjects himself to a show trial in order to discredit a public prosecutor attempting to seize absolute power in his country.



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Episode cast overview:
Cinnamon Carter (credit only)
Barney Collier (credit only)
Josef Varsh
David Opatoshu ...
Deputy Premiere Anton Kudnov
Gail Kobe ...
Lisa Goren
Ivan Triesault ...


Josef Varsh, who is scheming to eventually seize absolute power in an Eastern Bloc country, plans to arrest an American tourist. The idea is to frame such an American in a show trial to further his own ambitions. Briggs devises a plan where he will be the bait. The IMF leader's trump card is, if the plan works, that Deputy Premier Kudnov, a respected official and a political opponent of Varsh, will be Briggs' alibi. If the plan is unsuccessful, Briggs faces almost certain death. This time out, only Willy and Rollin will be there to help. The disguise talents of Rollin will play a crucial role in the plan. Written by Bill Koenig

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Apparently the trial sequences were shot on the Perry Mason court set, marking the second time it appeared in colour. See more »


Person on Tape: Good morning, Mr. Briggs. Joseph Varsh, Public Prosecutor and head of his country's Secret Police, is one of the most dangerous men in eastern Europe. He heads a political faction which wants to heat up the Cold War. The opposition to him who wants to co-exist is led by Anton Kudnov, a Deputy Premiere. Varsh now plans to stir up feelings against the United States by arresting and charging an innocent American with a crime and staging a sham trial for the world. He plans to use this to gain ...
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6 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Varsh (Carroll O'Connor) is an extremist in his government. He favors breaking off relations with the West and favors a very confrontational approach--whereas Deputy Premier Kudnov (David Opatoshu) sees value in the East and West having closer relations. In order to 'win', Varsh plans on setting up some American in order to have a big show trial and to milk it for all its worth in propaganda value. The IM Force gives him such a man--someone easy to set up since he IS guilty. However, what Varsh doesn't know is that this same man has a 100% foolproof alibi--as he was spending the evening with Kudnov! How do they do it? Have two Mr. Bentons (Dan Briggs)! Additionally, they also show Kudnov that Varsh is not only trying to frame an innocent man but is trying to have the Deputy Premier killed as well!

This is an excellent episode--mostly because it was exciting to watch Varsh's character so completely screwed by the IM Force! Thanks to good writing and some very good guest stars, they really do a great job in this story and it's one of the better episodes of season 1. Well worth seeing.

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