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Mission: Impossible: The Reluctant Dragon

Rollin and Barney go behind the Iron Curtain to help a scientist, Dr. Cherlotov, defect, as he failed in his first attempt to escape with his wife. But it becomes clear that Cherlotov isn't interested in escaping, so the IMF must show him what his government is really like then get him out.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 117
Airdate: Saturday January 14th, 1967

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Guest Stars
Joseph Campanella
As Dr. Helmut Cherlotov
John Colicos
As Commissioner Taal Jankowski

Co-Guest Stars
Allen Bleiweiss
As Lukowski
Mala Powers
As Dr. Karen Cherlotov
Elisa Ingram
As Sofia
Alex Rodine
As Duchinoff
Robert Boon
As Kravetsky
Felix Locher
As Yablonski

Howard Curtis
As Clerk
Chuck Couch
As Double, Rollin
Judy Levitt
As Scientist
Fred Krone
As Double, Jankowski
Frank Kreig
As Bartender
Fred Carson
As Double, Lupesh
Liz Bronte
As Anya
Main Cast
Steven Hill (1)
As Daniel Briggs
Martin Landau
As Rollin Hand
Greg Morris
As Barney Collier
Bob Johnson (1)
voiced The IMF Voice


Dan arrives at a parking lot and opens a locked car. Inside the glove compartment is his eight-track briefing tape. Dr. Helmut Cherlotov, the Iron Curtain’s expert in rocket control, has a wife, Karen who defected to the west a year ago. Cherlotov was supposed to follow her shortly thereafter but never did. Commissioner Taal Jankowski, the head of security, has closely watched Cherlotov ever since. Cherlotov has developed the key to an anti-ballistic system, a system that could disrupt the worldwide balance of power. Dan and his team have to get Cherlotov out before his government discovers what he’s created...

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Episode Notes
Only Rollin and Barney appear prominently in this episode, and Dan only makes a few brief appearances in the briefing and apartment scenes.

Episode Quotes
Dr. Karen Cherlotov: Do you speak the language?
Rollin: In a pinch, Barney can order cold cuts in Swahili.

(posing for a photo)
Rollin: This is my good side.
Dan: Don't worry. I'll touch it up.

Dr. Helmut Cherlotov: I am loyal!
Rollin: (laughs) Oh, excuse me. You intellectuals. Loyal. Loyal, loyal! To whom? To yourselves? To your own little small world? You sell your souls and then you rationalize that it is for the good of something greater as yet undefined. Come now, Doctor. Admit it. Too much learning undermines a man's loyalty.

Rollin: Napoleon, huh?
Commissioner Taal Jankowski: (pouring a drink) We broke up a gang of black marketeers the other night.
Rollin: The evidence is conclusive. (they toast)

Commissioner Taal Jankowski: God watches over drunkards and children, not foolish policemen.

Episode Goofs
After Jankowski is shot, there are at least three reaction shots from Rollin. One of them has the blood on the wrong side of his face, and the part of his hair switches sides as well, when the director mirrors the shot for a different reaction.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBruce Geller
Executive ProducerBruce Geller
ProducerJoseph Gantman
Associate ProducerBarry Crane
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Music EditorTed Whitfield
HairstylistAdele Taylor (1)
Key GripRoss Cannon
Set DecoratorLucien Hafley
Property MasterArthur Wasson
Production AssistantPhilip D. Fehrle
Script SupervisorAlan Greedy
GafferJoe Wharton
Director of PhotographyGert Andersen
Art DirectorJan Van Tamelen  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Sound EditorJohn Post
Special EffectsJohn Burke (3)
Main Title ThemeLalo Schifrin
Film EditorStanley Rabjohn
Assistant DirectorRic Rondell
Sound EngineerTommy N. Thompson
Executive In Charge Of ProductionHerbert F. Solow
Music ConsultantWilbur Hatch
Post Production ExecutiveBill Heath
Makeup ArtistDan Striepeke
Script ConsultantAllan Balter  |  William Read Woodfield
Warning: Mission: Impossible season 1 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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