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Mission: Impossible: The Diamond

A dictator, Prime Minister Henrik Durvard, has taken a rare diamond from a local tribe and plans to use it to finance his operations. The team rig up an elaborate fake diamond-duplicating machine to convince Durvard to give them the original.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x19
Production Number: 119
Airdate: Saturday February 04th, 1967



Guest Stars
John van DreelenJohn van Dreelen
As Prime Minister Henrik Durvard

Co-Guest Stars
Harry DavisHarry Davis
As Hans Van Meer
Recurring
Woodrow ParfreyWoodrow Parfrey
As Henks
Recurring
Ivor BarryIvor Barry
As Ian McCloud
Recurring
Peter BournePeter Bourne
As Peters

Uncredited
Jason JohnsonJason Johnson
As Proprietor
Recurring
Main Cast
Steven Hill (1)Steven Hill (1)
As Daniel Briggs
Martin LandauMartin Landau
As Rollin Hand
Barbara BainBarbara Bain
As Cinnamon Carter
Greg MorrisGreg Morris
As Barney Collier
Peter LupusPeter Lupus
As Willy Armitage
Bob Johnson (1)Bob Johnson (1)
voiced The IMF Voice

Recap

Dan arrives at a book collector’s office and exchanges sign and countersign. Dan picks up his tape and is briefed on Henrik Durvard, who has seized power in Lombwanda. He has taken a $30 million diamond from the tribesmen who found it and plans to take over independent tribal areas in his country. The IMF must recover the diamond...

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Episode Quotes
Rollin: I’m kind of sorry.
Barney: Why?
Rollin: Well, for a while there I almost believed it really could produce diamonds.
Dan: It did. The one we were after.



Episode Goofs
In the hotel room, which is supposed to be in London, there are numerous closeups of the electric outlet while Barney is switching the diamond, so it's clearly visible that it is an American outlet, since British ones look very different.

During other scenes in which the IMF team members are supposed to be in the UK, it's obvious that they are not: during the fake robbery, the car is not driving on the left as it should, and the street markings as well as the Walk/Don't Walk sign of the traffic lights are clearly American.



Analysis
This episode, an example of Woodfield's interest in confidence games, is basically the story of Count Victor Lustig's money machine, more generally known as the "money box" or "salting the mine." Like many confidence games, it exploits the mark's greed.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorBruce Geller
ProducerJoseph Gantman
Associate ProducerBarry Crane
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Music EditorJerry MacDonald
HairstylistAdele Taylor
Key GripRoss Cannon
Set DecoratorLucien Hafley
Property MasterArthur Wasson
Production AssistantPhilip D. Fehrle
Script SupervisorAlan Greedy
GafferBobby Jones (2)
Director of PhotographyGert Andersen
Production SupervisorWilliam Eatherly
Art DirectorJan Van Tamelen  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Sound EditorJohn Post
Special EffectsJohn Burke (3)
Costume SupervisorSabine Manela  |  Forrest T. Butler
Main Title ThemeLalo Schifrin
Film EditorStanley Rabjohn
Assistant DirectorDavid Hawks
Sound EngineerCarl Daniels
Executive In Charge Of ProductionHerbert F. Solow
Music ConsultantWilbur Hatch
Post Production ExecutiveBill Heath
Makeup ArtistDan Striepeke
Script ConsultantAllan Balter  |  William Read Woodfield
 
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