Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Ransom 

Egan, a criminal, has kidnapped the daughter of a friend of Briggs. One of Egan's confederates will testify against him the next day before a grand jury. Egan's message to Briggs is clear: ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Steven Hill ... Daniel Briggs
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Lin McCarthy ... George Forrester
William Smithers ... Frank Egan
Joe Mantell ... Augie Gorman
Allen Joseph ... Dr. Green
Cheryl Callaway Cheryl Callaway ... Sandy
Walter Mathews ... The Detective
Don Marshall ... The Police Officer
Michael Barrier Michael Barrier ... The Intern


Egan, a criminal, has kidnapped the daughter of a friend of Briggs. One of Egan's confederates will testify against him the next day before a grand jury. Egan's message to Briggs is clear: exchange the witness for his friend's daughter. At this point, Briggs's friend doesn't even know his daughter has been abducted. Briggs begins an emergency operation in which the IMF will snatch the witness out of a heavily guarded hotel room. But Briggs is determined that Egan won't get a chance to kill the witness. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

5 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first episode in which the IMF works without being "assigned" by the Secretary. Despite consequently lacking a message-drop scene, the episode has Briggs seen picking a team in the usual manner. Strangely, he selects only Rollin Hand, Dr. Ira Green (previously seen in "Operation Rogosh" and subsequently mentioned in "A Cube of Sugar") and Steve, but Cinnamon, Barney and Willy are all also present in Dan's apartment and take part in the operation. See more »


The California license plate on the Chrysler Imperial convertible X 62 568 is a commercial taxi license number, not that of a personal vehicle. See more »


[first lines]
Daniel Briggs: What do you want, Egan?
Frank Egan: Well. You know me, Briggs. Good.
Daniel Briggs: I read the papers.
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Referenced in Cherif: Hors la loi (2017) See more »

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It's not healthy to be one of Briggs' friends
19 June 2016 | by sscheiberSee all my reviews

As others have pointed out, this one doesn't start with a tape, but with a gangster who kidnaps the daughter of one of Briggs' friends as a hostage to be exchanged for a stool pigeon being held under police guard so he can't testify before a grand jury. Like many of the Briggs episodes, this one includes a lot of improvisation, because matters don't proceed exactly according to plan. It also features a doctor who is obviously a "regular" IMF partner, although he appears only in a couple of episodes. It's tight, suspenseful, and keeps you guessing.

One negative. The actor playing the girl's father isn't as believable as I'd have liked. He seems to go between trying to call the police despite Briggs' warning that doing so will guarantee his daughter's death and trusting Dan and his crew without the emotional depth to make the transition believable. Still, the deviation from the standard formula is refreshing. MI did a few episodes like this during its run. I'd have liked a few more. But I don't want to take anything away from this little story. It's a winner.

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