Season 3 COMBAT! episodes:

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(079) A Rare Vintage

RATING: 3 bayonets

Written by Esther and Bob Mitchell
Directed by Sutton Roley.
First aired 08-Dec-1964
Episode 12 of Season 3

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When a wounded Hanley is held captive by Germans in a French winery, Caje disguises himself as a handicapped peasant to rescue him. But Private Garrett, another G.I. trapped in the winery, interferes with the plans. In the end, the cowardly Garrett sees the light, and helps the squad to spirit away Hanley in a barrel of spirits.


In "A Rare Vintage," Saunders and Caje go above-and-beyond to rescue a wounded Hanley from a German-occupied winery. This is a great episode for Morrow and Jalbert, not so much for Jason, who is primarily used as a prop.

Saunders goes to near-super human effort trying to get medicine and succor to Hanley. He does not quite leap tall buildings in a single bound, but he makes a ten-foot jump across balconies. Caje again risks being shot as a spy when he dons civilian clothes to pass himself off as the crippled grandson of the vintner. Sutton Roley shows what an expert, creative lensman he is. He offers some stunning dolly shots and remarkable camera zooms. A long camera shot, that zooms tightly into a closeup of Saunders hiding in the bushes, is particularly striking.


The German tests to see if Caje's right hand is really crippled by seeing if he can catch something in his left. Since actor Jalbert, is a south-paw, this was not too difficult.

A wimpy interrogation scene: after Hanley tells the German captain to "Get Lost," the captain actually leaves, saying that he'll find some way to make him talk. This German, for some reason, did not think of slapping him around for the information.

When Saunders and Caje come into the wine room, as they lean over Hanley, a camera man's shadow falls across the left-hand side of the shot.


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

Conlan Carter as Doc
Pierre Jalbert as Caje

Corey Allen as Pvt. Garrett
Lyle Bettger as Capt. Brauer
Marcel Hillaire as Jean Sebelleau
Lawrence Montaigne as Sgt. Koch
Buck Holland as Lane Sentry


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