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"Hunter" The Legion: Part 1 (1989)

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Hunter: Season 6: Episode 5 -- Hunter defies departmental policy to save McCall from a kidnapper and bring her back to the police force.


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Original Air Date:
11 November 1989 (Season 6, Episode 5)
McCall's friend and former training officer comes to LA for a visit in the midst of a murder investigation and goes quite overboard trying to help her out. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Fred Dryer ... Det. Sgt. Rick Hunter

Stepfanie Kramer ... Det. Sgt. Dee Dee McCall

Charles Hallahan ... Capt. Charles Devane

Claude Akins ... Andy Polanski

Jerry Douglas ... Mike Murdoch

Richard Lineback ... Rudy Lassiter

Ken Foree ... John Masters
Jacqueline Schultz ... Rita Lassiter

Paul Koslo ... Bass
Michael Strasser ... Leroy

Pat Skipper ... Dennis Sweeney
David Froman ... Warden Johnson
Karl Johnson ... Detective

Richard Lynch ... Frank Lassiter

Steve Franken ... Lou,
Kevin Duffis ... Tom Leddy (as Kevin A. Duffis)
Eddie Ryder ... Grocer
Arell Blanton ... Armored Car Manager
Michael George Benko ... Prison Guard (as Michael Benko)
Stephen M. Howard ... Ray Austin
Thomas Nelson Webb ... Washington
Joseph Hieu ... Le

John Colton ... White Guard (as John C. Colton)
Ken Kerman ... Armored Car Guard
Leslie Do Qui ... Police Officer (as Leslie DoQui)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Corey Allen 
Writing credits
Frank Lupo (created by)

Marvin Kupfer  writer

Produced by
David H. Balkan .... co-supervising producer
Fred Dryer .... executive producer
Lawrence Kubik .... executive producer
Marvin Kupfer .... co-executive producer
Mark Lisson .... co-supervising producer
Terry D. Nelson .... producer
Victor A. Schiro .... coordinating producer
Bryan Spicer .... associate producer
Jo Swerling Jr. .... supervising producer
Paul Waigner .... supervising producer
Albert J.J. Zúñiga .... associate producer
Original Music by
Pete Carpenter 
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
James R. Bagdonas 
Film Editing by
Buddy Small  (as Budd Small)
Casting by
Susan Scudder 
Production Design by
Carlos Berben 
Set Decoration by
W. Joe Kroesser  (as W. Joseph Kroesser)
Makeup Department
Don Angier .... makeup artist
Norma Lee .... hair stylist
Melanie Levitt .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Del Valle .... unit production manager (as Robert A. Del Valle Jr.)
Matthew N. Herman .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Garry A. Brown .... first assistant director
Francis J. Conway .... second assistant director (as Francis Conway)
John Isabeau .... assistant director
Art Department
Nick F. Caprarelli .... property master
Ron Frazier .... construction coordinator
Lee Lazarow .... set dresser
Joe P. Marchese .... lead man
Sound Department
Nick Alphin .... sound effects coordinator
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Vince Garcia .... sound mixer
Craig Vandagriff .... sound effects coordinator
Dean A. Zupancic .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dean Zupancic)
Special Effects by
Gary Monak .... special effects
Russell Solberg .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Babin .... key grip
Casey Hotchkiss .... camera operator
Paul F. Petzoldt .... gaffer
Casting Department
Simon Ayer .... casting executive
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chic Gennarelli .... wardrobe: men
Pattie Smith .... wardrobe: women (as Patti Smith)
Editorial Department
Scott Gregory .... colorist
Gary Winter .... executive in charge of post-production
Music Department
Pete Carpenter .... composer: theme music
Frank Denson .... music composition
Susan Mick .... music editor
Mike Post .... composer: theme music
Stephen James Taylor .... music composition
Jerry Grant .... music composition (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Thomas A. Gordon .... transportation captain
Jim Sharp .... transportation coordinator
Kenneth A. Owen .... mechanic (uncredited)
Other crew
Daniel Chodos .... story editor
Grace Curcio .... assistant: Mr. Cannell
Kevin Droney .... executive story consultant
Ricky Frazier .... location manager
Karen L. McFadden .... production coordinator
Patricia L. Palmer .... assistant to executive producer
Jon-Michael Preece .... script supervisor
Betty Reardon .... assistant to executive producer (as Betty L. Reardon)
Lew Richard .... technical consultant
Cynthia J. Parker .... key crafts service (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Directed by
Corey Allen (multiple episodes 1988-1991)
James Darren (multiple episodes 1987-1991)
Tony Mordente (multiple episodes 1986-1991)
Charlie Picerni (multiple episodes 1986-1987)
Michael Preece (multiple episodes 1985-1990)
James Whitmore Jr. (multiple episodes 1985-1990)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dallas L. Barnes  novel (6 episodes 1987-1988)
Dallas L. Barnes  teleplay (5 episodes 1987-1988)
Chris Case  (as Christopher Case)
Joe Gannon 
Frank Lupo  creator

Produced by
Nick Anderson .... producer (7 episodes 1988)
Cinematography by
James R. Bagdonas (1987-1990)
Christian Santiago 
Film Editing by
Quinnie Martin Jr. (1988-1991)
Casting by
Beth Hymson (1984-1988)
Production Design by
Robert J. Bacon (1988-1990)
Michel Levesque 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns Jr. .... makeup artist (14 episodes 1987-1991) (as Mel Berns)
Fred C. Blau Jr. .... makeup artist (6 episodes 1991) (as Fred Blau)
Mark Bussan .... makeup artist (6 episodes 1991)
Production Management
Robert Del Valle .... unit production manager (multiple episodes 1989-1990) (as Robert A. Del Valle Jr.)
John Peter Kousakis .... unit production manager (multiple episodes 1988-1989)
Richard Learman .... unit production manager (multiple episodes 1988-1989)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Brescia .... second second assistant director (1990)
Francis J. Conway .... first assistant director (multiple episodes 1989-1991) (as Francis Conway)
Francis J. Conway .... second assistant director (multiple episodes 1987-1989) (as Francis Conway)
Steve Danton .... second assistant director (episode "Beautiful & the Dead, The: Part 1") (episode "Beautiful & the Dead, The: Part 2")
Jerry Fleck .... first assistant director (multiple episodes 1987-1991)
Jerry Fleck .... second assistant director (multiple episodes 1987-1988)
Louis G. Friedman .... assistant director
Nancy Henkle Green .... second assistant director (5 episodes 1988-1989)
Jefferson Kibbee .... first assistant director (multiple episodes 1987-1989) (in some episodes as Jeff Kibbee)
Tomaz Remec .... second assistant director (most episodes 1990-1991)
David N. Schrager .... second assistant director (5 episodes 1990)
Paul Snider .... first assistant director (5 episodes 1986-1987)
Russell Solberg .... second unit director (multiple episodes to 1989)
Denis L. Stewart .... first assistant director (multiple episodes 1987-1988)
Denis L. Stewart .... second assistant director (multiple episodes 1986-1987)
Art Department
William Apperson .... construction coordinator
James Arrigo .... propmaker
Pat Gomes .... painter
Henry Stuart John .... propmaker (as Stuart John)
David James Shephard .... propmaker
Sound Department
Ray Alba .... sound editor
Ray Alba .... sound
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer (multiple episodes)
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer (multiple episodes 1989-1991)
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Pete Elia .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Server .... adr mixer (1984)
Special Effects by
Logan Frazee .... special effects (6 episodes 1986-1987) (as Frazee)
Andrew Miller .... special effects
Gary Monak .... special effects (most episodes)
Chuck Borden .... stunt driver
Charlie Brewer .... stunt double
Roydon Clark .... stunts
Dick Durock .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt double: Stephanie Kramer
Shawn Lane .... stunt double: David Kimble
Eric M. Miller .... utility stunts (5 episodes) (as Eric Miller)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunt coordinator (1989-1990) (as Ben R. Scott)
James Winburn .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregory Beard .... key grip: second unit
John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit, additional photography (1984-1986) (as John Burnett)
Wayne Marshall .... electrician
Christian Santiago .... camera operator (1991)
Jonathan Sharpe .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (1987-1988)
Sandy Williams .... key grip (9 episodes 1990)
Casting Department
Sherry Sims .... casting assistant
Other crew
Ralph Alderman .... location manager (10 episodes 1986-1987)
Deborah R. Baron .... story editor (6 episodes 1990)
Bob Chambers .... location manager (4 episodes 1986-1987)
Lisa Cochran-Neilan .... production coordinator (5 episodes 1989) (as Lisa Cochran)
Gary DeGalla .... location manager (3 episodes 1991) (as Gary L. Degalla)
Ricky Frazier .... location manager (10 episodes 1989-1990)
Lee Goldberg .... story editor
Allison Hock .... story editor (4 episodes 1986)
Thomas Huggins .... story editor (1986-1988)
William Douglas Kruse .... location manager (9 episodes 1989-1990) (as Wm. Douglas Kruse)
Deborah Laub .... location manager (10 episodes 1988-1989)
Steve Share .... location manager (7 episodes 1990-1991)
Rogers Turrentine .... story editor (1985-1986)
Suzanne Waite .... script supervisor (most episodes 1990-1991)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

USA:60 min (with commercials) | USA:47 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Another Brilliant Turn By Richard Lynch, 4 September 2012
Author: Jason Daniel Baker from Toronto, Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

American Nazi leader Frank Lassiter (Richard Lynch) escapes prison but does not seek vengeance upon Hunter (Fred Dryer) - the cop who put him there. Instead he and some surprising accomplices heist $5,000,000 from an armored car.

Hunter's partner Dee Dee McCall (Stepfanie Kramer) reunites with her police academy mentor Andy (Claude Akins) - a lonely old man working as a security guard. Andy misses his days on the force and gives his unwanted advice to Hunter. Hunter captures Lassiter's younger brother after Andy's help/interference get in the way. Andy, feeling unwanted and superfluous, shoots himself in the head.

African-American characters were continually subjected to the kind of brutality that had become another trademark of the series. In the first episode the two-part "the Legion" storyline two Black guys are brutally slain. Criticisms of the tone the narratives of the show used in portraying Black people were pretty inexcusable and a major reason why the series was looked down upon.

But the biggest reason was the acting chops or lack thereof of ex-pro football player Fred Dryer who evidently thought of himself as the new Olivier just because his show found an audience.

Dryer actually appeared to be affecting an impression of Eastwood with an angry glare and clenched teeth sneering his lines early in the series. As the show progressed and Dryer gained greater control (as Executive Producer) he then tried acting the part instead of doing the Eastwood impression. It turned out to be a horrendous decision.

Dryer had a considerably higher opinion of his acting than anyone else. Of his contemporaries on TV at the time only Jan-Michael Vincent on Airwolf was worse and Vincent was power-drinking at the time unlike Dryer.

Helmed by Corey Allen - a director who couldn't be trusted to shoot a dog food commercial properly.

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