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(072) The Impostor

RATING: 2 bayonets

Written by Kay Lenard and Jess Carneol
Directed by Sutton Roley
First aired 24-Dec-1964
Episode 10 of Season 3 

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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]


This Hanley outing has the Lieutenant on an intelligence mission he'd rather avoid, shepherding two sergeant specialist on an assignment to steal information from a German headquarters. Along the way, he discovers that an escaped German officer has infiltrated their group disguised as a sergeant. When they pick up a third "sergeant" the accusations fly and the suspicions interfere with the mission.


For those who have not seen this episode, I won't spoil the ending. Hanley, though, should have been smarter than this script. After, once again, losing a superior officer in the field, Hanley takes over an intelligence mission.

The entire snow-bound episode is filmed on a warm sound stage, and no breaths are seen in the winter air. Though their mission is through the snow, the squad members have no great coats, just field jacket, sweater, scarf, and gloves.


Actor Skip Homeier, who also appears in "Entombed" is listed as G. V. Homeier.

Hanley cites his blood type as A in this episode. It was O in "I Swear by Apollo."

Same waterwheel from "Forgotten Front."

Very odd overlay of map superimposed over the shot of the squad crossing a minefield.


The most notable blooper of the series is in this episode. In the wheelhouse, Rick Jason turns to Dick Peabody and addresses him by his real name, saying "Peabody, bring up the rear." No one on the set or in post production noticed the error. But, according to Dick Peabody, his sister in Denver caught it the night the show aired and called him immediately.


Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders [does not appear]

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Pierre Jalbert as Caje
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn

James Dobson as Pvt. Henderson
Edward Kemmer as Lt. Tracey
Alan Baxter as Capt. Roberts
Charles Walsh as Soldier #1
Ralph Thomas as Soldier #2

Special Guests
G. V. Homeier as Sgt. Morgan
Warren Stevens as Sgt. Walter

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