Mission Impossible - Season 4

Mission Impossible - Season 4

Director: Allan Greedy, Barry Crane, Colin Budds, Georg Fenady

Cast: Allan Greedy, Barry Crane, Colin Budds, Georg Fenady

     
 

Fans of Mission: Impossible greeted the start of the series' fourth season with fear and trepidation. To be sure, the series was still second to none in serving up exciting action sequences and labyrinthine counterespionage plotlines. And, yes, most of the familiar cast members were still in attendance, including Peter Graves as…  See more details below

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Fans of Mission: Impossible greeted the start of the series' fourth season with fear and trepidation. To be sure, the series was still second to none in serving up exciting action sequences and labyrinthine counterespionage plotlines. And, yes, most of the familiar cast members were still in attendance, including Peter Graves as IMF leader Jim Phelps, Greg Morris as electronics expert Barney Collier, and Peter Lupus as "house athlete" Willie Armitage. But how, asked the fans, would the series be able to survive the defection of its two most popular regulars, Barbara Bain and Martin Landau? In the case of Landau, the series' producers wasted no time in finding a suitable substitute. Replacing Landau's character of Rollin Hand, a professional actor who skill with disguises and dialects made him indispensable during the IMF's many "infiltration" assignments, the producers came up with professional magician "The Great Paris", who shared Rollin's expertise at makeup and vocal dexterity and could fulfill the same function on the IMF team. Better still, Paris was played by Leonard Nimoy, an actor whose popularity was at its peak by virtue of his recent three-year stint as Mr. Spock on Star Trek. Although Paris could easily have been a Rollin Hand clone with a lesser performer, the brilliant Nimoy came up with a characterization -- and a variety of false identities -- uniquely his own, and would continue doing so until he himself left the series at the end of season five. Unfortunately, the producers were never able to come up with an entirely successful replacement for Barbara Bain; indeed, no fewer than four actresses would be tried out as the "new" Cinnamon (albeit under different character names) for the remainder of the series' run. Although not officially a regular during season four, the talented Lee Meriwether would show up from time to time as "Tracey", a lovely if nondescript Cinnamon substitute. Despite the cast shakeups, Mission: Impossible continued to turn out first-rate episodes during its fourth year on the air, notably the two-part "The Controllers, and the series' only three-parter, "The Falcon, arguably the best-ever showcase for series newcomers Nimoy and Meriwether. Unfortunately, the loss of Landau and Bain proved highly detrimental to the show's ratings: after an all-time-high during season three, the show didn't even crack the Top 30 during season four.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
UPC:
0097361326344
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
21:54:00
Sales rank:
19,055

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Performance Credits
Peter Graves Actor,Jim Phelps
Greg Morris Actor,Barney Collier
Leonard Nimoy The Great Paris,Actor
Lynda Day George Lisa Casey
Peter Lupus Actor,Willy Armitage
Thaao Penghlis Nicholas Black
Tony Hamilton Max Hart
Phil Morris Grant Collier
Anne Francis Gillian Colbee
Anthony Zerbe Col. Alex Vorda
Barbara Luna Wai Lee
Carl Betz Gen. Yuri Kozani
Dina Merrill Meredyth
Donnelly Rhodes Lou Merrick
Fernando Lamas Ramon Prado
Jane Badler Shannon Reed
Jane Merrow Lady Cora Weston
Jessica Walter Valerie
John Larch Premier Anton Rojek
Lawrence Z. Dane Commandante Juan Acero
Luther Adler Leo Vorka
Malachi Throne Deputy Premier Gregor Kamirov
Mark Richman Gen. Stefano Aragas
May Britt Eva Gollan
Michael Constantine Janos
Michele Carey Lisa
Nehemiah Persoff Igor Stravos
Noel Harrison Nicolai
Pernell Roberts Chief Manuel Corba
Stephen McNally Kruger Schtelman
Christopher George Wendal Hoyos
David Opatoshu Ahmed Vassier

Technical Credits
Allan Greedy Director
Barry Crane Director
Colin Budds Director
Georg Fenady Director
Gerald Mayer Director
Herb Wallerstein Director
Marvin J. Chomsky Director
Murray Golden Director
Paul Krasny Director
Reza S. Badiyi Director
Stuart Hagmann Director
Virgil Vogel Director

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