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Mission: Impossible: A Spool There Was

Rollin and Cinnamon have to go undercover to recover a wire reel with vital information. To trace the path of the dead agent who hid it, Rollin must place his own life in danger and recreate the incident.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 107
Airdate: Saturday November 12th, 1966

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Co-Guest Stars
Richard Devon
As Inspector Gulik
Curt Lowens
As Daglieri
Todd Martin (1)
As The Father
Warren Vanders
As Holbeck
Michael Shea
As Pieter Stakovar
Eric Lord
As Concessionaire
Lynn Wood
As The Mother

Horst Ebersberg
As Rissko
Ben Astar
As Diplomat
Harry Basch
As Konya
Louie Elias
As Stunt
Gene LeBell
As Sudow
Main Cast
Steven Hill (1)
As Daniel Briggs
Martin Landau
As Rollin Hand
Barbara Bain
As Cinnamon Carter
Bob Johnson (1)
voiced The IMF Voice


Dan arrives at a hotel and asks a maid to inspect one of the private suites. She lets him into a room and gives him a sealed record wrapped in a towel. Dan is instructed to turn on the lights to review some developing photos and is informed that a reel of recording wire contains the details of a chemical warfare project being used. A U.S. agent was carrying the reel and made it to a lakeside village, but was discovered and killed by the secret police. The country’s police have been unable to find the reel so the IMF must find it, before either the police or other enemy agents who also want the info can discover the reel...

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Episode Notes
Only Rollin and Cinnamon feature in this episode. Dan appears very briefly during the initial briefing, and Barney and Willy do not appear. Barney does get a mention as the person providing Cinnamon's cameras.

Episode Quotes
Dan: Think, and Rollin, don’t limit your thinking. He didn’t. This plan is designed to get you into the same kind of spot under the same kind of pressure. And hope inspiration hits.
Rollin: And not bullets.

Episode References
The briefing comes on a record contained in an airtight packet. The record disintegrates 60 seconds after the seal is broken. The photos for the mission are in photographer's developer trays.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBruce Geller
ProducerJoseph Gantman
Associate ProducerBarry Crane
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
MusicLalo Schifrin
Music EditorTed Whitfield
HairstylistAdele Taylor (1)
Key GripRoss Cannon
Set DecoratorLucien Hafley
Property MasterArthur Wasson
Production AssistantPhilip D. Fehrle
Script SupervisorAlan Greedy
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Production SupervisorWilliam Eatherly
Art DirectorJan Van Tamelen
Sound EditorJoseph G. Sorokin
Special EffectsJohn Burke (3)
Costume SupervisorSabine Manela  |  Forrest T. Butler
Main Title ThemeLalo Schifrin
Film EditorRobert Watts
Assistant DirectorWilbur E. Mosier
Sound EngineerTommy N. Thompson
Executive In Charge Of ProductionHerbert F. Solow
Music ConsultantWilbur Hatch
Post Production ExecutiveBill Heath
Makeup ArtistDan Striepeke
Warning: Mission: Impossible season 1 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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