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Combat! reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer • Episodes rated from 0 to 4 bayonets 

(138) Gadjo

RATING: 1-1/2 bayonets

Written by Phillip W. Hoffman
Directed by Michael Caffey

First aired 17-Jan-1967
Episode 17 of Season 5

SYNOPSIS:

French Gypsies vie with Saunders' squad over possession of a German prisoner. The German officer slaughtered their camp of 78 men, women, and children and the Gypsies want vengence. But the pursuers become the pursued when the Gypsies are pinned down by a German attack and must depend on aid from Saunders.

REVIEW:

Watching and listening to Ricardo Montalban is always a pleasure. His mellifluous voice can be mesmerizing, even reciting the banalities of this rather silly script. His description of the Gypsy afterlife was delivered with passion and intensity. As in "Mountain Man," this is a character who thinks the war has nothing to do with him.

Those who enjoy battles scenes should find "Gadjo" entertaining. The squad and Gypsies go from one battle to another in this high-action episode. But the firefights seem just an excuse for action, not really progressing the plot. They are disjointed and unreal in their frequency.

The resolution comes out of nowhere. Why the sudden change of heart in the gypsy? This unmotivated transformation is unbelievable and unsatisfying. Why is he suddenly willing to break his sacred promise to the spirits and take up Saunders' philosophy, suddenly believing that it is his war, too? Especially immediately after clutching his young brother's dead body in his arms.

NOTES, ODDITIES, AND BLOOPERS:

Paul Busch is the Major killed in the staff car at the opening of the show. He is also the German soldier leading the patrol that next attacks the squad.

Filmed at Franklin Canyon.

At the end of the episode, the Gypsies have the high ground but are supposedly pinned down.

Wardrobe man Beau Vanden Ecker appears as a Gypsy.

CAST:

Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley (does not appear)

Guest Star
Ricardo Mantalban as Barbu

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Conlan Carter as Doc
Pierre Jalbert as Caje
William Bryant as McCall

David Sheiner as SS Major Krieghoffen
Pat Renella as Razna
Anthony Benson as Andras
Hank Brandt as Sgt. Denfler
Beau Vanden Ecker as Gypsy
Larry Grant as Gypsy
and
Eugene Iglesias as Kako

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