Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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Jim Phelps is the new leader of the Impossible Missions Force, with no explanation, or even reference made, about the departure of predecessor Dan Briggs. First up for Phelps is a mission ... See full summary »


Lee H. Katzin


Bruce Geller (created by), Barney Slater




Episode cast overview:
Peter Graves ... James Phelps
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
William Windom ... Alex Cresnic
Joe Maross ... Mark Walters
George Tyne ... Dr. Premel
John Orchard ... Maharis
Britt Lomond Britt Lomond ... Thornton


Jim Phelps is the new leader of the Impossible Missions Force, with no explanation, or even reference made, about the departure of predecessor Dan Briggs. First up for Phelps is a mission involving the drug trade. Cresnik and Walters have cornered the heroin market and sell it at a handsome profit to gangs around the world. Phelps devises an operation which will drive a wedge between the heroin dealers and their customers. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

10 September 1967 (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 was Peter Graves' first appearance in the role of Jim Phelps. See more »


When selecting IM Force members to participate, Phelps (in a head-on shot) places the folders down with his left hand. When the camera perspective changes, he's using his right hand for all four regular members. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you are looking at is Alex Cresnic, one of the world's largest dealers in heroin. Recently, Cresnic made his biggest deal. He bought the entire heroin crop of an Asiatic country and smuggled it into Marseilles, where he plans to wholesale it to his major buyers. In order to get enough financing for such a big operation, Cresnic took in a partner. His name is Mark Walters, head of the Numbers Bank in Miami. The mission, Jim, should you decide to ...
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Featured in Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) See more »

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Mr. Phelps makes his first appearance.
8 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

As IMDb indicates, no explanation was given in the show why Mr. Briggs (Steven Hill) was gone and why Mr. Phelps (Peter Graves) was now the head of the IM Force. Additionally, starting with season two, Martin Landau was no longer listed as a guest star but a series regular--though he was in practically every episode of season one.

This installment has the team battling an international drug cartel that is trying to corner the market on heroin. A dirt-bag named Kresnig* (William Windom) has teamed with Walters (Joe Maross)** to do this--and they are in Marseille to make a big drug sale. However, unexpectedly a couple things occur. First, it seems there is another drug organization trying to muscle in on Kresnig and Maross. Second, Maross is nearly killed in an 'elevator accident'--staged by the IM Force. How do all these and some bath salts work together in this show? Take a look for yourself.

Like any drug dealer or mobster episode, there is a basic problem--why not just shoot the guys instead of making such complicated missions? But, it IS a TV show and provided you can suspend disbelief, it is a darned good episode. Well written and filled with the sort of irony lovers of the series enjoy, it's a very good beginning to the Jim Phelps era.

*IMDB listed his name as Cresnig but during the course of the show, he was also referred to as Kresnig.

**Despite only being the first episode of season two, both Windom and Maross had already played villains in season two. Such repeated use of actors to play baddies would be common on the series.

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