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Mission: Impossible: The Double Circle

The IMF goes after an art collector, Victor Laszlo, who has stolen a fuel formula and plans to sell it to enemy agents. To pull off their scheme, they have to get it out of an impregnable safe in Laszlo's apartment.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x9
Production Number: 409
Airdate: Sunday December 07th, 1969

Director: Barry Crane
Writer: Jerry Ludwig

Special Guest Stars
Jason EversJason Evers
As Ray Dunson
Anne FrancisAnne Francis
As Gillian Colbee

Guest Stars
James Patterson (2)James Patterson (2)
As Victor Laszlo

Co-Guest Stars
Al SklarAl Sklar
As Markoff (as Albert Sklar)
Thom BrannThom Brann
As Miller
Robert RitchieRobert Ritchie
As Erickson
Main Cast
Peter GravesPeter Graves
As James Phelps
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As The Amazing Paris
Greg MorrisGreg Morris
As Barney Collier
Peter LupusPeter Lupus
As Willy Armitage
Bob Johnson (1)Bob Johnson (1)
voiced The IMF Voice


At a playground, Jim gets into an empty car and picks up his briefing on Victor Laszlo, an art collector who stole a new fuel formula critical to America’s missile defense. Laszlo’s partner Dunson stole the formula and killed the scientist so they can’t recreate the formula. An enemy country that has duplicated the formula on their own plan to play Laszlo to destroy his copy, putting the U.S. significantly behind. The IMF must recover the formula and dispose of Laszlo...

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Episode Notes
Guest agents: female agent Gillian Colbee, construction worker Erikcson

Episode Quotes
Victor Laszlo: I put another security device on the safe.
Ray Dunson: What is it?
Victor Laszlo: Then it wouldn't be foolproof.

Victor Laszlo: These parties you represent, is your position with them through one of loyalty?
Gillian Colbee: I'm far too selfish to be loyal to one person or one country.

Gillian Colbee: I guarantee you protection.
Victor Laszlo: Miss Collins, after all the lies you've said this afternoon, I don't believe I would recognize your telling of the truth if my life depended on it.

Paris: (posing as Laszlo) Did anyone ever tell you you're extremely attractive when you're threatening?

Episode Goofs
Ericson's name is spelled "Ericson" on-screen (he and Willy have maintenance one-piece uniforms with the name on it), but the end credits spell it "Erickson."

Cultural References
"Victor Laszlo" is a deliberate allusion by Jerry Ludwig to Paul Henreid's character in Casablanca (1942).

The character name "Dunson" is a deliberate homage by Jerry Ludwig to John Wayne's character in Red River (1948).

Other Episode Crew

CreatorBruce Geller
Executive ProducerBruce Geller
ProducerStanley Kallis
Associate ProducerBarry Crane
CastingJim Merrick
Music EditorDan Carlin Sr.
HairstylistAdele Taylor
Make-upRobert Dawn
Set DecoratorLucien Hafley
Production Sound MixerDominick Gaffey
Production CoordinatorDale Tarter
Post Production SupervisorRobert L. Swanson  |  Paul Krasny
Re-Recording MixerGordon L. Day
Director of PhotographyKeith C. Smith
Art DirectorGibson Holley
Production ManagementBill Derwin
Sound EditorMichael Colgan
Special EffectsJohn Burke (3)
Costume SupervisorForrest T. Butler  |  Dodie Shepard
Main Title ThemeLalo Schifrin
Film EditorJohn Loeffler
Assistant DirectorMichael P. Schoenbrun
Executive Vice President In Charge Of ProductionDouglas S. Cramer
Script ConsultantPaul Playdon
Supervising Property MasterArthur Wasson
VehiclesEd Chamey
Editorial CoordinatorMike Vejar
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