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(075) Brother, Brother

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Written by Edward J. Lakso
Directed by Sutton Roley
First aired 02-Feb-1965
Episode 20 of Season 3 

Guest Star: Frankie Avalon


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Season 3 COMBAT! episodes:
[Season 3: Overview]
[Silver Service]
[The Long Walk]
[Mountain Man]
[The Duel]
[Operation Fly Trap]
[The Impostor]
[Losers Cry Deal]
[Point of View]
[Brother, Brother]
[The Hard Way Back]
[The Little Carousel]
[Fly Away Home]
[A Rare Vintage]
[The Enemy]
[A Gift of Hope]
[A Walk with an Eagle]
[Birthday Cake]
[The Cassock]
[The Town that Went Away]
[The Convict]
[The Steeple]
[More than a Soldier]
[The Long Wait]
[The Tree of Moray]
[Cry in the Ruins]
[The Hell Machine]
[Billy the Kid]
[Beneath the Ashes]


Eddie Cane, a cocky replacement, is anxious to join the platoon with his old friend "Wild Man" Kirby. Cane's older brother was Kirby's best pal back home. Cane thinks his brother died saving Kirby's life during a juvenile gang fight. Out of false obligation, Kirby carries his "responsibility" to the brink of disaster. When forced to choose between Eddie and Saunders, Kirby reveals the truth and a young soldier learns to stand alone.

Rick Jason and Frankie Avalon in the Combat episode Brother, Brother


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Kirby makes an unhappy reunion with the brother of a hometown friend, who expects "Wild Man" Kirby to give him special treatment. Frankie Avalon provides a nice performance as guest star Eddie Cane. The teen idol effectively plays this slime ball, easily switching from upbeat kid, to scheming smart-aleck, to dangerous thug, and back again.

Script writer Edward J. Lakso provides a predictable plot, having the young punk see the error of his ways and come to the rescue of our hero following an overly long, high-speed chase.


· If the squad had a radio in this episode there would be no story, they could just radio-in the German gun positions.

· Once again, Littlejohn proves to be a bad poker player, allowing himself to be gambled out of his share of the "liberated" chicken.

· Unlike the impermeable tires of seasons one and two, these tires are susceptible to bullets.

· Bad lighting during the night-time chase; how is the front of Saunders' truck lit up, if all the lights are behind it?

· Kirby tries not to be his brother's keeper with Cane (at least his nickname in this episode is "Wild Man," not Abel).


Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders

Guest Star
Frankie Avalon as Eddie Cane

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Conlan Carter as Doc
Pierre Jalbert as Caje
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn

Charles A. Bastin as German Officer
Hans Heyde as German Soldier

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