GnuDawn Mission: Impossible Season 5 cast

The Original Television Series


Season 5 Details

The episodes are shown on this page in their original transmission order, with the production order in brackets

1 (E4) - The Killer: The IMF must prevent Eddie Lorca (Robert Conrad), a professional assassin, from carrying out his assignment, without knowing the identity of his target, or the method he will use to kill. Jim becomes a hotel manager, Paris drives a taxi, Dana is a killer's contact, Willy operates some traffic lights, and Barney (right, with a dummy head) is a decoy. Doug does not appear.
Written by Arthur Weiss; Director Paul Krasny.
This story was based on an idea by Bruce Lansbury.

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2 (E5) - Flip Side: Drugs are being legally sent from the US to Mexico and then smuggled back, and the IMF have to stop the three men involved. Jim pretends to be a drugs dealer, with Willy as his heavy, Barney climbs into a truck, and Dana and Paris become rock musicians, with Lesley Warren singing two songs. Doug does not appear.
Written by Jackson Gillis; Director John Llewellyn Moxey.

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3 (E7) - The Innocent: The story opens with Barney and Willy penetrating a Middle Eastern chemical plant, where Barney is poisoned and captured. In order to complete the mission, the IMF must persuade or force dropout computer expert Dr Jerry Carlin (Christopher Connelly, right, with Paris) to help them. Paris impersonates a doctor, Jim poses as a computer technician, Dana is a journalist, and Willy and Doug are soldiers (and Willy drives a truck!). M*A*S*H's Larry Linville makes yet another appearance, this time as Colonel Leo Orlov.
Story by Marc Norman, Teleplay by Marc Norman & Laurence Heath; Director John Llewellyn Moxey.

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4 (E2) - Homecoming: In a departure from the usual format, this story opens with Jim returning to his home town, and finding that there have been a series of unsolved murders of young women. To help his old friend Sheriff Brad Owens (Joe Marcross) find the killer, he calls in his IMF colleagues, with Barney posing as a criminologist, Dana as a waitress, Paris as her boy friend, and Willy as someone's cousin. Loretta Swit, best known for playing Hotlips in M*A*S*H, plays bar owner Midge Larson (right, with Jim). Doug does not appear.
Written by Laurence Heath; Director Reza S Badiyi.

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5 (E9) - Flight: Manuel Ferrar (John Colicos, right), a rebellious Caribbean government official, plans to take over his country by having his president, Adolfo Rojas (Dom Tattoli), assassinated while in the US to speak before a joint session of Congress. The IMF must stop the plot and uncover the name of the hired killer. Paris and Jim play a convicts, Dana is an air hostess, Doug is a doctor and Barney operates an aircraft simulator. Willy does not appear.
Story by Leigh Vance, Teleplay by Harold Livingston; Director Barry Crane.

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6 (E6) - My Friend, My Enemy?: Another of season five's different-format episodes — this time Paris is captured and brainwashed by Dr Paul Tabor (Mark Richman) into wanting to kill Jim. Jim poses as a Scottish bird-watcher, Dana is a Canadian buyer, Barney takes some fingerprints, and Doug operates on a dog. Willy does not appear.
Written by Laurence Heath; Director Gerald Mayer.

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7 (E1) - Butterfly: While living in Japan, American businessman Harry Kellem (Russ Conway) has been framed for murder by his brother-in-law Toshio Masaki (Khigh Dhiegh, right, with Dana). Masaki wants to disrupt Japanese-American relations, and the IMF must stop him and clear Kellem. Jim becomes an attourney, Paris is a Kabuki artist, Dana is a blackmailer, Willy is a jujitsu fighter and Barney takes some cine film. Doug does not appear.
Story by Sheldon Stark, Teleplay by Eric Bercovici & Jerry Ludwig; Director Gerald Mayer.
Visit Llwyd's Actresses in Character site to see Dana's transformation into Mrs Mioshi Kellem (Lisa Lu)

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8 (E8) - Decoy: The IMF have to recover a secret document and rescue Anna Kerkoska (Julie Gregg), a late premier's daughter. Jim is a publisher, with Dana as his sister; Paris is a US agent, Barney is an undertaker and Willy drives a truck. Doug does not appear.
Written by John D F Black; Director Seymour Robbie.

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9 (E11) - The Amateur: The IMF have to smuggle a stolen laser weapon out of an Eastern bloc country, and prevent a list of agents held by parish priest Father Bernard (Peter Brocco), falling into enemy hands. Dana (right) is a photographer in a nightclub run by Eric Schilling (Anthony Zerbe), with Lisa Pera, as his jealous girlfriend Clara. Jim is a priest, Doug is a monk, and Barney and Paris take part in a cycle race. Willy does not appear.
Written by Ed Adamson; Director Paul Krasny.

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10 (E10) - Hunted: The IMF free a black democracy leader who is being held captive by a white-supremacist African government, but Barney is wounded, and has to be left behind. He is cared for by Maryana, a beautiful deaf girl (Ta Tanisha, right). The team have 10 hours to find him and get him and themselves out of the country. Jim and Doug are police officers, Paris pretends to be wounded, and Dana drives an ambulance. Willy does not appear.
Written by Helen Hoblock Thompson; Director Terry Becker.

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11 (E3) - The Rebel: The IMF have to stop a scientist’s notebook falling into the hands of a hostile government. Jim and Dana join a rebel group, Paris is an official from the Ministry of Information, and Barney and Doug transport a statue. Alex Khora, rebel leader and son of the scientist, is played by Robert Purvey, Mark Lenard is militia Colonel Bakram, and Jonathan Lippe (right) is Father Sabastian. Willy does not appear.
Story by Norman Katkov & Ken Pettus, Teleplay by Ken Pettus; Director Barry Crane.

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12 (E13) - Squeeze Play: Syndicate drug dealer Albert Zembra (Albert Paulsen, right with Carlos Empori, Nico Mindardos, & “Nurse” Dana) is dying, and the IMF have to get a list showing the details of his organisation, before he can pass it on to a successor. Paris plays a mobster, Barney is a hired killer, Jim is a drugs dealer, Dana is a nurse and Willy is a customs officer. Doug does not appear.
Story by Walter Brough & David Moessinger, Teleplay by David Moessinger; Director Virgil W Vogel.

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13 (E16) - The Hostage: Paris, still in his cover from a completed mission, is kidnapped and held hostage by a group of treacherous revolutionaries, led by Robert Siomney (Lou Antonio), who think he is an influential American magnate. They threaten to kill him unless three prisoners are released. Jim is an American prison official, Barney and Doug fly a helicopter, and Dana pretends to be a terrorist's girlfriend. Willy does not appear.
The picture shows Siomney (left) with Jorge Cabal (Joe DeSantis).
Written by Harold Livingston; Director Barry Crane.

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14 (E17) - Takeover: Crooked political boss Charles Peck (Ken Swofford) is trying to incite violence in order to get his puppet Steve Tallman (Lloyd Bochner) elected as state governor. The IMF must prevent this. Dana is a former student activist, Barney is an anti riot officer, and Paris impersonates a politician. Willy does not appear.
Story by Jerry Thomas & Arthur Weiss, Teleplay by Arthur Weiss; Director Virgil W Vogel.

15 (E15) - Cat's Paw: Another of the season's unusual format episodes has the IMF helping Barney avenge the murder of his brother Larry (Marc Hannibal) by gangster George Corley (Hari Rhodes). Barney pretends to be a crooked accountant, and he strikes up a friendship with Corley's secretary, Millie Webster (Abbey Lincoln, right), Paris and Dana are psychics, Willy cracks a safe, and Jim is a detective and a Syndicate man. Doug does not appear.
Written by Howard Browne; Director Virgil W Vogel.

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16 (E18) - The Missile: The IMF devises an elaborate scheme to dupe foreign agent James Reed (David Sheiner, right) into stealing a bogus missile guidance system. Dana is a secretary, with Jim as her boss, Barney breaks into a photographer's, Paris shadows Dana, and Willy uses his strength (for once!). Doug does not appear.
Written by Arthur Weiss; Director Charles R Rondeau.

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17 (E20) - The Field: A satellite containing several thermonuclear bombs has been launched, and the IMF must penetrate a heavily fortified island if they are to destroy it. Paris is a landmine expert, Barney comes ashore from a submarine, Jim steals some plans, Doug breaks into an apartment and, in Willy's absence, Dana gets the truck-driving detail.
In the picture, Captain Strom (H M Wynant) and Paris try to repair a minefield.
Story by Judy Burns & Wesley Lau, Teleplay by Wesley Lau; Director Reza S Badiyi.

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18 (E21) - Blast: The IMF must identify and apprehend the mastermind behind a revolutionist group led by Gregory Tolan (Henry Darrow, right), which specialises in robberies for the financing of a movement to overthrow the United States government. Jim and Dana pretend to be demolition experts, Willy is a clerk, and Paris and IMF operative Grace (Susan Odin) are home owners. Doug does not appear.
Written by James L Henderson & Sam Roeca; Director Sutton Roley.
The sound editing department was nominated for an Emmy for this episode.
Henry Darrow played Manolito Montoya in the western series The High Chaparral.

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19 (E12) - The Catafalque: The IMF have to expose a nuclear arms treaty, signed by Miguel and Ramone Fuego (Will Kuluva & John Vernon, right). before it can blow up into another Cuban missile crisis. Paris plays a man on the run and his father, Jim is a secet policeman, Barney and Doug manipulate a catafalque, and Dana is attracted to a politician. Willy does not appear.
Written by Paul Playdon; Director Barry Crane.
Bob Dawn won an Emmy for the makeup in this episode.

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20 (E19) - Kitara: Kitara is the code name of liberation movement leader John Darcy (Robert Doqui). After stealing a quantity of gold, he is captured by white supremacist Colonel Alex Kohler (Lawrence Dobkin, right, looking a little off colour), and the IMF must free him, get the gold and end Kohler's tyranny. Jim and Doug are army officers, Barney is a petty thief, Dana is a journalist and Paris is an antiques dealer. Willy does not appear.
Written by Mann Rubin; Director Murray Golden.

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21 (E22) - A Ghost Story: An American chemist, Howard Bainbridge (Frank Farmer, right), who has defected and developed a deadly chemical, becomes accidentally contaminated. He returns to the US to see his son Paul (Anthony Norwalk) before he dies, but he has an argument with his multi-millionaire militarist father (Andrew Duggan), who kills and buries him on his estate. The IMF must recover his body, since it contains the only existing sample of the chemical. Jim is a tutor, Dana is a ghost, Paris is a doctor, Barney operates some tape decks and Willy picks a lock. Doug does not appear.
Story by John D Black & Ed Adamson, Teleplay by Ed Adamson & Ken Pettus; Director Reza S Badiyi.

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22 (E23) - The Party: The whereabouts of a list of East European Peoples Republic (EEPR) agents operating in the United States is locked in the memory of a captured spy, Colonel Vanin (Frank Marth), and no one, including the spy, can penetrate his mind. But the IMF believe Vanin's wife Olga (Antoinette Bower, right with Paris) holds the key to his memory. Jim and Doug are EEPR officials, Paris is a secret policeman, Barney plants a bomb, Dana organises an embassy party, and Willy controls some traffic lights (right).
Written by Harold Livingston; Director Murray Golden.

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23 (E14) - The Merchant: One of the world's largest dealers in illegal arms, Armand Andressarian (George Sanders, right), is about to complete a deal involving a sale of millions of dollars worth of American arms to guerrilla groups in North Africa and the Middle East. The IMF must stop the deal and put the dealer out of business permanently. Jim poses as a troubleshooter and Barney electronically fixes a poker game. Doug does not appear.
Written by Harold Livingston; Director Leon Benson.
This was one of veteran actor George Sanders' last screen appearances, and he tragically committed suicide the following year.

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