Sent to the rear to recover from injuries, Kirby and Caje encounter Harry
White (Mickey Rooney), a dice-cheating schemer who has been fighting the war
from bar stools. During a German breakthrough, Kirby survives a barrage in
the French village, fortuitously finds a B.A.R., and wanders into the home
of Claudine Longet and her grandfather. To evade the Germans, all must flee
through the snow, dragging the ailing grandfather and Harry's mysterious
package. (Combat's homage to the Battle of the Bulge)
Story by Edward J. Bonner
Directed by Sutton Roley
"The Silver Service," Kirby shows his leadership ability. When faced with
someone more irresponsible than himself, Kirby becomes the model of responsibility.
Former matinee idol Ramon Novarro (Ben Hur in the 1927 silent film) plays the befuddled
grandfather. He later appears as the befuddled Count in the episode " Finest Hour ."
Pierre says about director Sutton Roley, "He was trying to direct Mickey Rooney to
play the dice. Can you imagine that? Mickey Rooney, the greatest talent that Hollywood
produced. And Mickey got, excuse the expression I have to use, Mickey got so 'pissed' that
he walked off the set. He said 'I'm going to kill that son of a bitch.' I walked out and
walked Mickey around the stage to cool him off so I could bring him back in and finish the
NOTES, ODDITIES, AND BLOOPERS:
night-time pyrotechnics in the French village. These explosions interrupt Kirby's
nightmare, which consists of recycled footage from previous episodes.
This episode is the series'
attempt to cover the Battle of the Bulge.
ABOUT FILMING THE EPISODE:
Jack Hogan at the Combat! reunion said: "They sent a
second unit to Squaw valley, and the rest of us, Mickey and Claudine and myself, we worked
in plastic snow. And that stuff gets in your eyes and you think you're going to croak.
[...] Mickey Rooney was funny in his own way. Mickey was a compulsive talker and joke
teller. Sometimes you'd do a scene and they would say cut and everybody would go to learn
their next lines. But Mickey, the second they'd say cut, would grab your sleeve and keep
on talking to you. And you couldn't get away to go to the john or get a drink of water
because Mickey was talking."
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley (does not appear)
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders (does not appear)
Mickey Rooney as Harry White
Jack Hogan as Kirby
Pierre Jalbert as Caje
Norm Alden Private Buford (usually billed as Norman Alden)
Joe di Reda as Malloy
King Moody as Jouvet
Pat Patterson as Sergeant Hacker
Special Guest Star
Ramon Novarro as Charles Gireaux
Claudine Longet as Claudette
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