Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Slave: Part 1 

The Impossible Missions Force takes on the absolute ruler of a Middle East nation who is running a secret slave market. Barney poses as a slave, part of an effort to construct a replica of ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Peter Graves ... James Phelps
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
Joseph Ruskin ... King Ibn Borca
Percy Rodrigues ... Jara (as Percy Rodriguez)
Warren Stevens ... Karl de Groot
Antoinette Bower ... Amara
Steve Franken ... Akim Hadramut
David Mauro David Mauro ... Prince Fasar
Sid Haig ... Musha
Peter Lorre Jr. ... Kadi


The Impossible Missions Force takes on the absolute ruler of a Middle East nation who is running a secret slave market. Barney poses as a slave, part of an effort to construct a replica of the slave cells, before escaping. Phelps poses as a slave trader and Rollin as an Interpol investigator. Finally, Cinnamon will be the bait for the trap. The ruler of the country has a brother who married a British wife, Amara. The brother, if he assumed power, would abolish slavery in the country -- but he has accepted assurances that slavery doesn't exist there. As part of the plan, Willy abducts Amara and she is put in the IMF replica of the slave cell. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

8 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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When the bats are "waking up" it is obvious that the support under the fake bats is being jiggled to simulate their movement. At one point it is jarred so hard the whole thing shakes, not individual bats. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Phelps. As you know, for the past twenty years, the United Nations has worked throughout the Near East to abolish slave markets. This effort has been successful, except in El Kabar, a small country on the Persian Gulf whose ruler, Ibn Borca, an absolute monarch, continues to auction thousands of human beings into slavery each year. Borca's principle source of slaves is this man, Karl de Groot. His raids into nearby nations to abduct free men and ...
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"Hey Barney, we want you to come out from behind the scenes and take an active role in this episode"
14 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I wonder how Greg Morris felt about doing this two-part episode. Generally, his character, Barney, played behind the scenes or occasional bit roles. However, here he's a major character. Great, huh? Well...the script calls for him to play a slave! Yikes.

The episode is set in a fictitious Muslim nation where the slave trade is tolerated (something sadly true in some instances today). The King turns a blind eye to the industry and the team's mission is to change this. So they infiltrate the slave ring with Phelps and Barney.

Like MOST two-part episodes I've seen of various TV shows, this one easily could have been done in one and was stretched out quite a bit to shove it into two episodes. I think this hurt the show a bit, So did the hellishly bad scene involving incredibly fake looking bats. And, that Phelps was nearly killed a couple times and easily COULD have been! But it still pays off fine at the end and is worth seeing...even if Barney did end up getting a really, really crappy job!

By the way, the most interesting thing about the shows are a bit role, Kadi. He was played by Peter Lorre Jr....but he was NOT related to the famous actor in any way! This jerk called himself this to cash in on Lorre's fame but was unrelated and got sued by Lorre to stop him from pretending to be the man's son!! After Peter Lorre died, the faux Peter Lorre Jr. went back to using this pseudonym!

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