Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
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The Legend 

The IMF team infiltrates a top-secret meeting of Nazis in South America and is shocked to learn that their leader is the legendary war criminal Martin Bormann.


Richard Benedict


Bruce Geller (created by), Mann Rubin




Episode cast overview:
Steven Hill ... Daniel Briggs
Barbara Bain ... Cinnamon Carter
Greg Morris ... Barney Collier
Peter Lupus ... Willy Armitage (credit only)
Martin Landau ... Rollin Hand
Gunnar Hellström ... Frederick Rudd (as Gunnar Hellstrom)
Gene Roth ... General von Cramm
Ben Wright ... Kleister
Paul Genge ... Frick
Larry J. Blake ... Eckhart (as Larry Blake)


The IMF team infiltrates a top-secret meeting of Nazis in South America and is shocked to learn that their leader is the legendary war criminal Martin Bormann.

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Release Date:

11 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This episode shares some similarities with Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946). See more »


Despite giving the Nazis fairly credible German Accents, their pronunciation of the few German words used are anglicized. This is particularly noticeable in the first briefing, when Frederick Rudd uses non-German pronunciations for the cities Berlin, Frankfurt, Stutttgart, Hamburg and Munich. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good afternoon, Mr. Briggs. The man you're looking at is Dr. Herbert Raynor, a dedicated official in Hitler's National Socialist Party. For the last 20 years, he's been in Spandau Prison outside of Berlin. On Tuesday of next week, Dr. Raynor finishes his sentence, and with his daughter flies immediately to Porta Ubera in South America, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor who has sent him a round-trip ticket. Our informants tell us other of Hitler's ...
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More Nazis! But this time they're really stupid!
6 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Only a few episodes, in "The Legacy", the IM Force battled a group of Nazis trying to create the Fourth Reich. Here in "The Legend" the same Nazi theme is revisited. You wonder why the Nazis in both episodes didn't just pool their resources! If you want to easily keep track of which one is which, remember that "The Legend" is the stupid one! While I have not yet finished re-watching all of season one, I would venture to say with relative certainty that "The Legend" is the worst episode of an otherwise excellent first season. The plot is dumb but the execution is just pathetic.

It seems that in 1967, folks still were unaware of the whereabouts of Martin Bormann--one of the highest ranking Nazis who could not be accounted for at that time (he was dead but his body wasn't yet discovered). A man named Friedrich Rudd claims to be the caretaker for Bormann and has invited a small group of aging high-ranking Nazis to come and hear Bormann declare a new Germany to be led by him. Here is the problem--Rudd OBVIOUSLY does not have Bormann and his attempt is just pathetic. This 'Bormann' is clearly a dummy and even though he's seen from behind a veil (which is pretty lame), it's obvious his lips aren't moving. So, when Dan Briggs (who is disguised as one of the old Nazi geezers) discovers this by sneaking into Bormann's room, it's only a surprise to the blind viewers. None of this makes any sense and the show is just stupid--totally stupid because of this gimmick. It's a tiny bit better when Rollin arrives and claims HE is Bormann--but by then it's just too late. Limp, stupid and an insult to the audience.

Charlie McCarthy would have been a more realistic Bormann--and at least he would have been funny as well!

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