Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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A Spool There Was 

Rollin Hand and Cinnamon Carter are sent on a mission to locate and retrieve a wire recording, which was hidden by an agent fleeing from guards in such a clever way that no one has been able to find it.

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... Daniel Briggs
... Cinnamon Carter
... Barney Collier (credit only)
... Willy Armitage (credit only)
... Rollin Hand
... Inspector Gulik
Warren Vanders ... Holbeck
Michael Shea ... Pieter Stakovar
... Daglieri
Eric Lord ... The Concessionaire
... The Mother
Todd Martin ... The Father
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Rollin Hand and Cinnamon Carter are sent on a mission to locate and retrieve a wire recording, which was hidden by an agent fleeing from guards in such a clever way that no one has been able to find it.

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12 November 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

38 minutes in, Barbara Bain drops a decoy camera on a bench in front of a building. Look carefully and you'll see it's the courthouse from The Andy Griffith Show (1960), which was also filmed on the Desilu (formerly RKO) "forty acres" lot. See more »

Goofs

Just after 18 minutes. The tape has been shown to be near the end of its 42 minute run time. However, in this shot from the ceiling, the take-up reel only has a small amount of tape on it and the other reel is mostly full. It should be the other way around if the tape was almost over. See more »

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[first lines]
Daniel Briggs: Excuse me, I'd like to inspect one of your private suites.
Housekeeper: Our best rooms are on the top floor, sir.
Housekeeper: I know, but I'm looking for one with a red decor.
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Low budget "Mission: Impossible" still works pretty well.
4 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

I call "A Spool There Was" a low budget episode of the series because it inexplicably only has a couple agents in the show. While you hear Daniel Briggs' voice and see him at the beginning, he, Barney and Willy are all absent. Instead, Cinnamon and Rollin handle this case all by themselves.

It seems that an American agent was recently captured in an enemy country. While they got the agent, the repressive regime did not get the important secrets he was carrying--which are recorded on a wire. However, they know that a recording probably does exist and they have been looking for it. So, how would Cinnamon and Rollin possibly come up with the wire when it's been right under the enemy's nose the whole time?

While this episode has a bit less action than normal, the story is solid. Plus I really enjoyed the rather funny prerecorded sexy banter between the two that they used to convince local authorities that Rollin was in Cinnamon's room. The dialog is pretty cute. Overall, while I wouldn't have wanted a lot of missions like this, it worked well here and is well worth seeing.


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