Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Traitor 

A U.S. intelligence operative has defected to an Eastern Bloc country and is currently housed at that nation's embassy in Washington. Briggs devises a plan in which a contortionist is ... See full summary »


Lee H. Katzin


Bruce Geller (created by), Edward J. Lakso

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Episode cast overview:
Steven Hill ... Daniel Briggs
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Eartha Kitt ... Tina Mara
Malachi Throne ... Ambassador Brazneck
Lonny Chapman ... Edward Hughes
Frank Marth ... Koler
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... First Floor Guard
Socrates Ballis Socrates Ballis ... Maintenance Man
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Teletype Clerk
Michael Rye Michael Rye ... The Real Belson


A U.S. intelligence operative has defected to an Eastern Bloc country and is currently housed at that nation's embassy in Washington. Briggs devises a plan in which a contortionist is needed to navigate through the ventilation system of the embassy and break into a top-security portion of the facility. What's more, Rollin will pose as an official of the nation while Barney, Willy and Cinnamon also play key roles. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

15 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dan Briggs plays the recorded message on a 'Rek-O-Kut Rondine' turntable. Since the 1950's, the Rek-O-Kut Company made expensive turntables for studios, radio stations and high-end audio installs. The Rek-O-Kut name came from the days when they made lathes called disc recorders or recording turntables or disk-cutting machines. The business ended in the late 60s. See more »


At the Soviet Embassy, the Swiss flag is flying. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Briggs. Edward Hughes, an American intelligence officer, has defected to the enemy and taken refuge in their embassy here. Hughes took with him a top-secret message before we had a chance to decode it. We believe the information in that message to be vital. The sender of the message has died. Hughes himself does not know the code so Victor Belson, one of the enemy's best cryptographers, is on his way to the embassy now. Belson is unknown to the ...
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Wonderfully crafted
7 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

An American spy has defected to an Eastern Bloc country by taking refuge in their embassy in Washington. The American government cannot just storm in and take the agent so it's up to the IM Force to get that agent using their usual bag of tricks--plus the help of a contortionist (Eartha Kitt) who will be climbing through the ductwork of the complex. In fact, she is a HUGE part of the episode and it all relies on her to not only climb but precisely follow Barney's instructions without triggering any of the alarms. So what, exactly, is Kitt to do and what does all this have to do with capturing this traitor? See this exceptionally well-crafted episode to see! This is a really neat episode--with some of the best stunts and twists. I particularly liked how they hid, for a short time, the spy inside his own bed! It's all very clever and is very, very much worth your time.

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