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


(117) The Mockingbird

RATING: 2-1/2 bayonets

Teleplay by Esther and Bob Mitchell
Story by by Rev. Thomas A. Conway CPPS
Directed by John Peyser
First aired 04-Jan-1966
Episode 17 of Season 4

Guest Stars John Agar and Jeremy Slate

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SYNOPSIS:

Three days before a German advance, a spy, posing as a downed American flyer, is sent to secure information on the French resistance. The staged plane crash, though, attracts Hanley instead of the resistance. The spy changes plans when he learns the Intelligence officer that Hanley is escorting has valuable information about the German attack plan.

REVIEW:

Jeremy Slate, in his second Combat! appearance, plays Lt. Asher, a German posing as an American aviator. As Asher, Slate skillfully plots, charms, and murders his way through this suspenseful story.

Pierre Jalbert and Jeremy Slate have a remarkable chemistry. On paper, their scenes in the monastery would seem ordinary, but together, in front of the camera, these two sizzle. A shame they had no further interaction. Their brief exchange has the same resonance and charisma as Morrow and Coburn's verbal duel in "Masquerade."

The story drags in the third and fourth acts, with too much filler of walking through the woods and sloshing through the rain.

NOTES, ODDITIES, AND BLOOPERS:

Caje wears pinky ring on his right hand in some scenes.

When moving the wounded within the monastery, the barrel of Caje's M1 strikes one of the monks in the head, causing him to rub it.

Another partisan clergy who does not blink or show charity to three Germans killed in front of him.

The monastery entrance is the same used for the convent entrance in "One More for the Road."

Action of story takes place eight miles behind the enemy lines near Boussac.

CAST:

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

Guest Star
Jeremy Slate as Lt. Asher

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Pierre Jalbert as Caje

Jacques Roux as Gautier
George Brenlin as Pvt. Banning
Nelson Welch as Abbot
Hans Difflip as Col. Richter
Felix Locher as Brother Jasper
Ben-Ari as Monk
Jean del Val as Brother Edmundo
Kurt Landen as Sgt. Mueller
Mark Russi as German Soldier
George Michaelides as Marcel
Max Kleven as Patrol Leader #1
Walter Alzmann as Patrol Leader #2
Dusty Cadis as German Pilot
and
John Agar as Capt. Thorpe

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