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COMBAT! episodes:

[Season 4 : Intro]
[The Linesman]
[The Main Event]
[Hear No Evil]
[9 Place Vendee]
[A Sudden Terror]
[Evasion]
[Finest Hour]
[Breakout]
[The Farmer]
[The Raider]
[Crossfire]
[Soldier of Fortune]
[The First Day]
[S.I.W.]
[Luck with Rainbows]
[The Flying Machine]
[The Old Men]
[The Casket]
[The Good Samaritan]
[Retribution]
[The Mockingbird]
[Hills Are for Heroes]
[Counterplay]
[Nothing to Lose]
[Ask Me No Questions]
[The Ringer]
[One at a Time]
[Gitty]
[Run, Sheep, Run]
[The Leader]

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reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer * Episodes rated from 0 to 4 bayonets 


(115) The Good Samaritan

RATING: 3 bayonets

Written by Shirl Hendryx
Directed by Bernard McEveety
First aired 11-Jan-1966
Episode 18 of Season 4

Guest Star Tom Simcox


SYNOPSIS:

Tom Simcox plays Marsini, the sole survivor of an ill-fated patrol. He blames Saunders for the death of his fellows. On recon, Saunders and Marsini destroy a German observation post. When Saunders is pinned under a heavy pipe, he orders Marsini to leave him and get the valuable information to Hanley. But Marsini will not abandon Saunders, refusing to do to Saunders what Saunders had done to Marsini's men.

REVIEW:

A gut-wrenching script by Shirl Hendryx, "The Good Samaritan" explores the moral issues of sacrificing a single life to save many lives — and the consequences of living with that decision. The protagonists strive to do what is right, but each acts from a different moral base: for Saunders, the mission comes first, but in Marsini's view, if he is to remain human, the man must come before the mission.

Great performances by Simcox and Morrow, and the usual crisp, clean direction from Bernard McEveety. The episode climaxes with a superb hillside battle sequence, where McEveety does a credible job of making ten men look like an entire platoon. As a rarity, a German prisoner speaks no English, but since Marsini also speaks German, communication is no problem.

This episode is a startling contrast to the other "Saunders-trapped-under-a-beam" episode, "The Hard Way Back." Though similar, these excellent episodes tell very different stories. "The Hard Way Back" is the story of the transformation of a scared boy into a soldier. "The Good Samaritan" is about a veteran soldier's struggle to remain human while following his duty as a soldier. In one, Saunders has to force Kogan to stay and help him; in the other, he must convince Marsini to leave him behind.

About Filming the Episode:

Read this 1965 Vic Morrow Interview, written during the filming of the episode.

NOTES, ODDITIES, AND BLOOPERS:

Marsini's stunt double throws himself backward into a stranglehold in the fight on the hill.

Filmed at Franklin Canyon.

"Good Samaritan" is the fifth Combat! "beamer" episode — a story involving a character pinned under a beam (or, in this case, a pipe).

CAST:

Vic Morrow as Saunders
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley

Guest Star
Tom Simcox as Marsini

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Pierre Jalbert as Caje
Conlan Carter as Doc

Henry Brandt as German NCO
Paul Busch as German Radio Man

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