Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible (1966) S04E08 The Submarine-0

Jim Phelps getting 'the briefing"

Season 4 # 7  "Submarine" November 16, 1969


The IMF team must convince a former SS  Officer to reveal the  location of stolen funds


Kurt Stelman, a former-but still fanatical-SS officer, is three days from being released after serving 25 years for war crimes from an Eastern European country. He plans to revive the Nazi movement with stolen Nazi funds in a Swiss bank account which number only he knows-during which he has refused to tell the number to the Secret Police during his entire imprisonment-including the Prison commandant Colonel Sarder. The IMF kidnap Stelman and make him think he is on board a submarine which is being attacked by a patrol boat (actually only a stage prop makeup of a sub control room). Panicking at the last moment, thinking he is being abandoned, Stelman blurts out the account number. The IMF team race away to retrieve the account; Stelman finds himself alone in the stage just as Secret Police find him there. Still thinking that the submarine setting was a Secret Police trick, Stelman congraualtes the Secret Police officers for making him reveal the account number--the Officers are so astonished the scene fades out with their sardonic laughter!

Guest Villians[]

  • Stephen McNally as Kurt Stelman
  • Ramon Bieri as Colonel Sandor


  • Stephen McNally is best known as the villainous killer Dutch Henry Brown in the fantasy Western classic "Winchester 73"  {1950}
  • Ramon Bieri co-starred with Arthur Hill  (Mission Impossible "Carriers" ) in the 1971 movie "The Andromeda Strain"
  • The fantasy aspect on "Mission Impossible" is particularly when Paris -posing as a SnS member- and Stelman show "Deaths Head" tatoos on their arms. In fact, he only tatoos the SS had were their blood grouping for medical purposes!