Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Counterfeiter 

Halder, who runs respectable medical clinics, is really a counterfeiter of drugs responsible for many deaths. The Impossible Missions Force aims to prove Halder's involvement in the ... See full summary »


Lee H. Katzin


Bruce Geller (created by), William Read Woodfield | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Peter Graves ... James Phelps
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
Edmond O'Brien ... Raymond Halder
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Eddie Burke
Noah Keen ... Dr. McConnell
Roy Engel ... Foreman
Joseph Breen Joseph Breen ... Chauffeur (as Joe Breen)
Jon Lormer ... Charles Gant
David Armstrong David Armstrong ... Patrolman (as Dave Armstrong)
Aaron Fletcher Aaron Fletcher ... Doctor


Halder, who runs respectable medical clinics, is really a counterfeiter of drugs responsible for many deaths. The Impossible Missions Force aims to prove Halder's involvement in the production of the counterfeit drugs. As part of the plan, Phelps will pose as a federal drug enforcement agent who's willing to go on the take. Written by Bill Koenig

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hallucination | drug | counterfeit | See All (3) »


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Release Date:

4 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Halder pays off Rollin from a stack of $1,000 bills. Assuming that the events take place at the same time as the air date, this would have been just over two months after large denomination US bills were withdrawn from circulation, although they remain legal tender. On 14 July 1969, all bills with a face value of $500 and up were officially withdrawn both to hinder counterfeiters and to make illegal cash transactions more difficult. Approximately 165,000 $1,000 bills remain in public hands. See more »


When Jim is listening to the tape, the selector on the player is in the rewind position. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps. Raymond Halder, owner of a chain of clinics, is also the head of the largest drug counterfeiting ring in the U.S. He is behind the sale of millions of dollars' worth of drugs that not only are useless, but often kill. A new drug, Dilatrin, developed by Gant Pharmaceuticals, which could have saved thousands of victims of primary vascular disease, has been ineffective because Halder has flooded the market with worthless fakes. Gant is about ...
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Aside from a weak premise, a pretty decent episode.
26 July 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode of "Mission: Impossible" has the distinction of starring an Oscar-winning actor as the guest villain. Edmund O'Brien plays Halder-- a scumbag who manufactures counterfeit pharmaceuticals. The problem is not only that they are fakes, but no effort is made to make them effective in the least. Because of this, a manufacturer of a life- saving heart drug is about to go out of business unless the IM Force can get the goods on him. To do so, they make Halder think that he is suffering from a stroke and he'll get counterfeits instead of the life- saving drug.

This is one of many weak premise episodes the show made over the years. I say weak because since Halder is living in the States and is they know he's a killer, why not just kill him?! Having the team perform a complicated sting on him seems pretty silly, actually.

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