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Josef Varsh, East European prosecutor and head of the secret police, plans to frame an American then stage a show trial so he can discredit the West and gain more power for himself. The IMF must stop Varsh and discredit him for good.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x18
Production Number: 113
Airdate: Saturday January 28th, 1967

Director: Lewis Allen
Writer: Laurence Heath

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6.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
David Opatoshu
As Deputy Premier Anton Kudnov
Carroll O'Connor
As Josef Varsh

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Strong (1)
As Barsky
Paul Lukather
As Moisev
Gail Kobe
As Lisa Goren
Don Keefer
As Zubin
Ivan Triesault
As Platinov

Chuck Couch
As Double, Rollin
Main Cast
Steven Hill (1)
As Daniel Briggs
Martin Landau
As Rollin Hand
Peter Lupus
As Willy Armitage
Bob Johnson (1)
voiced The IMF Voice


Dan picks up his briefing at an empty architect’s office and is informed that Josef Varsh, head of secret police and state prosecutor for an East European country, plans to frame an American and run a show trial both to embarrass the West and to gain more political power for himself. He’s opposed by Deputy Premier Kudnov, who has taken a pro-Western stance. The IMF must discredit Varsh...

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Episode Notes
The episode was budgeted for $211,339 and came in at cost: one of the few first-season episodes to do so.

Episode Goofs
Rollin uses his own voice when disguised as Dan to meet Lisa Goren. But at the trial she doesn't recognize Rollin's voice when he cross-examines her.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBruce Geller
Special EffectsJohn Burke (3)
Main Title ThemeLalo Schifrin
Warning: Mission: Impossible season 1 episode 18 guide may contain spoilers
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