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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]

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Theodore Bikel, Jack Hogan, Vic Morrow, and Pierre Jalbert in the episode "Mountain Man"(067) Mountain Man

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Written by Edward J. Lakso
Directed by Sutton Roley

First aired 15-Sep-1964
Episode 1 of Season 3

Guest Star Theodore Bikel (pictured in cap above)


An embittered deserter is bribed into leading Saunders' squad across the mountains. They are captured by Germans and left to freeze, but manage a daring escape. Caje skis down the mountain for help and the deserter comes to realize the meaning of duty.


Director Sutton Roley tries to bring high art to this low tale of a man embittered by war. His symbolic opening and closing of the episode (a fragment of ice floats downstream to join civilization) is touching and silly — as silly as this episode's Germans. Their interrogation of Saunders is pathetic. A trio of interrogators surrounds Saunders, taunts him, and don't lay a finger on him. The Germans' throwing the prisoners into an unheated bunker to chill the information out of them seems more appropriate to a "Batman" episode, than a realistic war series.

Saunders isn't himself: he lets himself be slapped around by a coward, lets himself be surprised by Germans on a mountaintop with good visibility for miles, and his PPT lacks conviction. This script by Edward J. Lakso leaves me cold. The episode is just an excuse to get world-class skier Pierre Jalbert on a pair of skis and make use of left-over footage from "Silver Service ."


Producer Gene Levitt, wanting to take advantage of Pierre Jalbert's Olympic-class skiing ability, proudly announced that Pierre was going ski in a Combat! episode set in the mountains. Pierre explained, "Hey, there's no mountains in Normandy, pal." To which Levitt replied, "It's okay, Pierre. This is just TV." Of course, nobody bothered to explain how a Cajun growing up in bayou country learned how to snow ski. Pierre recalls, "The German skiing after me was Bob Beattie, the manager of the American Olympic ski team. He call still be seen as a commentator for ABC."


  • During the down-hill run, the distance shots show one of the squad members bare-headed. In the closeups, all have helmets.
  • Saunders is still too lazy to get his own knife, thank goodness for lazy Germans who don't frisk prisoners well.
  • U.S. Olympic ski coach Bob Beattie plays the German skiing behind Caje.
  • Snow locations were filmed in Squaw Valley, California, site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.


Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason as Rick Jason

Theodore Bikel as Francois Perrault

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Pierre Jalbert as Caje

Henry Brandon as German Lieutenant
Pieter Beagema as German Sergeant
Bob Beattie as German

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