Combat! reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer
Episodes are rated from 0 to 4 bayonets
RATING: 1 bayonet
Written by Judith Barrows
Directed by Georg J. Fenady
First aired 15-Mar-1966
Episode 27 of Season 4
While clearing a town to set up an observation post, Saunders kills a German
straggler. Meanwhile, a young girl anxiously waits for her soldier father to
come claim her, not knowing Saunders just killed him. She learns the truth, hates
Saunders, but forgives him for the slight of making her an orphan at the sight
of Saunders' blood.
Andrea Darvi is adorable as "Gitty," an unlikely young girl with perfect
tri-lingual abilities. The first act drags waiting for the inevitable moment when
Saunders discovers the little girl.
The direction of this silly plot is uninspired and the acting predictable. The
best acting comes from Andrea Darvi as Gitty. Combat! viewers saw Andrea Darvi grow up over the first four seasons of Combat! "Gitty" is the third time she plays an orphan that tugs at the heart of a
NOTES, ODDITIES, AND BLOOPERS:
Saunders has killed hundreds of Germans. Why would he remember the face of
this particular one? Also, what is so deadly about his rifle butt that one smack
kills Paul Busch?
The German shoots at the fleeing backs of Saunders and Gitty, but only hits
The machine-gunned Saunders lands with his back across the curb; but in the
next shots, his unconscious head rests comfortably on the curb.
Richard Bakalyan (Sgt. Piper) appeared in season one's "The Prisoner."
Today, Andrea Darvi is a writer. She used her own acting career as the
starting point for her 1983 book Pretty Babies, an Insider's Look at the World of the Hollywood Child Star.
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Jack Hogan as Kirby [does not appear]
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn
Conlan Carter as Doc
Pierre Jalbert as Caje
Andrea Darvi as Gitty
Richard Bakalyan as Sgt. Piper
Tom Nolan as Pvt. Hamilton
Paul Busch as Gitty's Father
Bill Harlow as Captain's Aide
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