Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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Law enforcement agencies believe that Peter Cordel is a killer for hire, but no evidence linking him to any killings has been uncovered. The IMF is assigned to obtain the evidence needed to... See full summary »

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Sutton Roley

Writers:

Bruce Geller (created by), Arthur Weiss (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Peter Graves ... Jim Phelps
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Lynda Day George ... Lisa Casey (credit only)
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
Alex Cord ... Peter Cordel
Marlyn Mason ... Sandy
Peter Breck ... Harry Cordel
Cathleen Cordell ... Mrs. Taylor
John Pickard ... Doctor
Edward Knight Edward Knight ... Driver
Earl Eby Earl Eby ... Gentleman (as Earl Ebi)
Robert Kenneally Robert Kenneally ... Bartender (as Bob Kenneally)
Arthur Franz ... Dr. Adler
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Law enforcement agencies believe that Peter Cordel is a killer for hire, but no evidence linking him to any killings has been uncovered. The IMF is assigned to obtain the evidence needed to arrest Cordel, and to learn the identity of his Syndicate boss. The IMF's lures Cordel, who is a chess master, into a game where he can be given a drug that induces post-hypnotic suggestions. The IMF is then able to convince Cordel that he's suffering from blackouts during which he kills a number of people close to him -- and that his impending mental breakdown will make the Syndicate want him dead. Written by aldanoli

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Known for being the first computer chess-playing system to win both a chess game and a chess match against a reigning world champion under regular time controls, Deep Blue won its first game against a world champion on 10 February 1996, when it defeated Garry Kasparov in game one of a six-game match. See more »

Goofs

Peter's breath fogs up the window in his cell when the shot is looking in, but the fog is never visible when the shot is looking out. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry Cordel: Did you win?
Peter Cordel: Of course.
Harry Cordel: How many moves?
Peter Cordel: Twenty.
Harry Cordel: Still club champion?
Peter Cordel: You know it, Harry.
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Hypnotizing An Assassin
11 August 2019 | by Desertman84See all my reviews

"Crack Up" involves hypnosis. The IMF tries to intentifies the boss of Peter Cordel,an assassin.Since Cordel is a chess master,they tried to manipulate his mind that he is losing.With that in his mind, Cordel could lead the IMF to his boss who is giving him orders.

Too bad that the episode could have been simple by hypnotizing Cordel and then ask him of his boss' name instead of going through a lot of intricacies of identifying his boss. And what is worse is that IMF is becoming a poor police group rather than an efficient spy agency. Overall,it was simply both forgettable and implausible.It more like Mission Simple instead of Mission Impossible.


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