Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Photographer 

The team's latest mission has them trying to root out a network of spies, who were brought in by an American photographer. The problem is the code that he and his handlers communicate with ... See full summary »


Lee H. Katzin


Bruce Geller (created by), William Read Woodfield | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Peter Graves ... James Phelps
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage
Anthony Zerbe ... David Redding
John Randolph ... Alex Morley
Kathleen Hughes ... Fran Williams
Ludmila Ludmila ... Mandy


The team's latest mission has them trying to root out a network of spies, who were brought in by an American photographer. The problem is the code that he and his handlers communicate with is unbreakable. So they devise a plan to get him to reveal the method of decoding his communications. And their plan has him asking for Cinnamon to pose for him. During their photo shoot she displays knowledge of bio chemistry which the photographer decides to exploit. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

17 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Desilu Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance of color bodybuilding photo of Peter Lupus. See more »


The climactic encoding of a secret message requires today's date, and a shot of a calendar indicates the action takes place on Sunday, August 23, 1967. But August 23, 1967 was a Wednesday, and the footer of the same calendar page says Sunday, September 23, 1962. (Nothing other than Sunday and 23 probably would have been legible on typical TVs of the time, however). See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you are looking at is David Redding, one of the top photographers in the country. He is also the contact for a spy apparatus that has secretly brought 150 agents into the United States over the past few months. Yesterday, one of the agents was picked up. We have not been able to get any information from him, except that they carry deadly pneumonic plague bacillus, which is to be released on our population within 72 hours. We have ...
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Truly a classic.
26 May 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Photographer" is probably one of the 10 best episodes of "Mission: Impossible" and has a classic plot you shouldn't miss.

David Redding (Anthony Zerbe) is a professional photographer...and leader of a spy ring in America. He and his mentor, Alex (John Randolph), are working on something big and the US government know what it is--to release plague in the United States. The problem is that David's code that shows who and where his agents are is practically unbreakable and they need to crack it before the holocaust is unleashed. So, the IM team needs to trick him into divulging his key--thus allowing the US government to stop this dastardly deed.

While the general plot is okay, what really makes this one stand out is how the mission is completed. I won't explain all the intricacies, but suffice to say that they convince this creep that there has been a nuclear attack--and they rig up the bomb shelter in a manner that makes it all look very convincing! Such rigs often are used in the best of the shows--such as the one where one guy thinks he's on a submarine and another where folks are taken on an ersatz train ride. Clever and very well executed.

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