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Season 4
COMBAT! episodes:

[The Gun]
[The Losers]
[Ollie Joe]
[The Brothers]
[The Chapel at Able Five]
[A Child's Game]
[The Letter]
[The Outsider]
[The Bankroll]
[Cry for Help]
[The Furlough]
[The Gantlet]
[The Masquers]
[A Little Jazz]
[Nightmare on the Red Ball Run]
[The Partisan]

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Combat! reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer • Episodes rated from 0 to 4 bayonets 

(137) Ollie Joe

|(Pictured: Robert Walker, Jr. as Ollie Joe)

3 bayonets

Written by Frank Moss
Directed by Bernard McEveety
First aired 27-Sep-1966
Episode 3 of Season 5  


The squad picks up two survivors from Charlie company: the company's number one goldbrick, Charlie Pelton, and the eagerest of beavers, Ollie Joe Brown, boy army. Ollie is an orphan who has found a home in the Army and thinks of himself as G.I. to the core. His over-eagerness brings anxious moments and danger to the squad. His demeanor switches from born killer one minute to gentle-as-a-lamb the next, until his friend Pelton is killed and Saunders learns that Ollie killed his lieutenant.


Is he a G.I. perfect soldier? Is he a lost child? Is he dangerous? Yes, to all of the above. Robert Walker, Jr. as Ollie Joe creates a multi-layered mosaic of a character in this 3-bayonet thriller. In less-skilled hands, this character would have been unbelievable and annoying. Walker makes Ollie Joe a real person, haunted by personal demons. Only slowly does he let the audience realize that his demons have taken possession of him.

The clever script by Frank Moss first shows Ollie as a jolly fool who has risen past personal tragedy. Step by step, it marches the audience to the realization that Ollie has not been made stronger by these tragedies, but destroyed by them.


No one is wearing backpacks or carrying extra equipment. When they break for chow, ration-boxes and eating utensils appear from nowhere.

Very long and undramatic opening battle sequence.

Stuntman Earl Parker is the G.I. in foxhole who gets killed in the opening.

Filmed at Hop Kiln Winery.

A bloodbath at the river (the Russian River) where the squad slaughters 17 Germans without taking a single hit.


According to Jo-anne Strobl, Manager of Hop Kiln Winery, "An episode of Combat! was filmed at Hop Kiln Winery back in 1967. Most of the filming was done inside the old brick kilns. Scenes using dud grenades were also filmed." "Ollie Joe" was filmed prior to the restoration of the brick kilns. Originally built for drying hops, the structure was restored as a winery and tasting room. It is located in Healdsburg, California.


Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders

Guest Star
Robert Walker (Jr.)

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Conlan Carter as Doc
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn
William Bryant as McCall

Warren Vanders as Lt. Earnshaw
Tom Pace as Otto

Special Guest
Claude Akins as Pelton

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