Photo copyright Earl Parker. All rights reserved.
For the third-season opener, producers sent a crew to Squaw valley to film snow
sequences for Combat's only winter episode, " The
Silver Service. " The October 10, 1964 issue of TV Guide describes the location
shooting. Local ski instructors, members of the area ski patrol, and Squaw valley
residents were hired for the background shots. The actors remained in Los Angeles, filming
all their scenes on a sound stage with plastic snow. The location shooting was completed
in five days at a cost of ten thousand dollars. They had enough footage left over for
another snow episode: "Mountain Man."
Associate producer Richard Caffey, said in the TV Guide article that the Squaw valley
filming was grueling. They kept having the change camera positions to shoot trackless
snow. Because they could not mark the snow, they had no idea how deep or safe the snow
cover was. Two crew members broke ribs and one broke his hand.
See TV Guide article about filming at
Bob Beattie of the US Olympic ski team and Pierre Jalbert
give guest star Claudine Longet a skiing lesson in this publicity photo for "Silver