Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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Belzig, head of a bank in East Berlin, tricks unwary people anxious to escape to the West that he will help them. Instead, he steals their money and kills them. He is amassing a fortune to ... See full summary »

Director:

Alf Kjellin

Writers:

Bruce Geller (created by), Brad Radnitz
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Peter Graves ... James Phelps
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
James Daly ... Alfred Belzig
Pierre Jalbert ... Paul Lebarre
Gene Dynarski ... Kutler
Ray Baxter Ray Baxter ... Professor Henks
Julian Burton ... Captain Heindorf
Kurt Landen Kurt Landen ... Vitter
Sacha Berger Sacha Berger ... Secretary (as Sasha Berger)
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Belzig, head of a bank in East Berlin, tricks unwary people anxious to escape to the West that he will help them. Instead, he steals their money and kills them. He is amassing a fortune to launch a new Nazi movement. The mission for Phelps and the IMF is to put him out of business. Belzig keeps the stolen money in the high-security vault of his own bank. The vault also has a passageway. Belzig tells his victims to stay to the left and they'll find freedom. Instead they end up falling to their deaths. Phelps devises a plan where that passageway will be Belzig's undoing. Written by Bill Koenig

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Desilu Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first episode in which Jim Phelps is guided to his instruction tape by another agent, rather than locating it himself. See more »

Goofs

When Barney and Rollin construct the brick wall in the tunnel entrance they use mortar to secure the bricks. When Belzig pounds on the wall it is solid yet mortar takes at least an hour to set so it should have been possible to knock the bricks loose and escape. See more »

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[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you are looking at is Alfred Belzig, director of the Socialist People's Bank in the East Zone, but secretly a fanatic who has never given up working for a supreme fascist state. Using his position, Belzig offers to help anyone who has money and wishes to escape to the West. He helps them, and they're never heard from again, and Belzig appropriates their bank accounts. The mission, should you decide to accept it, is to stop Belzig and...
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Yet another episode with Nazi connections.
8 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although it appeared early in season two, this is already the third episode of "Mission: Impossible" to feature a theme involving a restoration of Nazi Germany. And, it's the second episode to feature James Daly (father of Tyne and Tim Daly). In this case, he plays Alfred Belzig--and evil Banker in East Berlin*. While he feigns a desire to help folks defect to the West and takes their money to send them to freedom via a tunnel in the bank's basement, they are all killed and their funds confiscated by him. This money he's hoarding will eventually be used to finance his new Fourth Reich.

This is a highly unusual story because the team helps the communist government by setting up Belzig to be captured! And, they also lets this unfriendly government keep the hoarded money. Unusual but also an extremely well-crafted and interesting story.

*This episode is unusual in that it features a real city in a real country. This is not unheard of (in last season, for example, one episode is set in Marseilles), but is not the norm. Usually the shows are set in fictional countries.


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