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




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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Production Co:

Desilu Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

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 Captain Sharif: Hors la loi (2017) See more »

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What? No mission?!
3 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode is one of a handful that has no introductory mission. Instead, Briggs is shooting pool when a gangster, Egan, approaches and announced his gang has kidnapped a friend of Briggs' daughter--and they'll kill her unless Briggs' team springs an important witness against Egan from police custody. While Briggs knows the witness will be killed and cannot allow that, he also knows that the team needs to at least go through the motions of kidnapping the guy in order to give them a chance to get the girl.

"The Ransom" is one of the better episodes--mostly because it didn't stick to the tried and true formula. It also had a really neat ending--one that was awfully exciting and clever. Well worth seeing.

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