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.
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 "
· Action of story takes place
eight miles behind the enemy lines near Boussac.
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders [does not appear]
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
John Agar as Capt. Thorpe
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