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Season 3 COMBAT! episodes:
[Season 3: Overview]
[Silver Service]
[The Long Walk]
[Mountain Man]
[The Duel]
[Vendetta]
[Operation Fly Trap]
[The Impostor]
[Losers Cry Deal]
[Point of View]
[Dateline]
[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]
[Heritage]
[The Hell Machine]
[Billy the Kid]
[Beneath the Ashes]
[Odyssey]

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(090) The Tree of Moray

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2.0 bayonets

Teleplay by Anthony Spinner and Don Tait
Story by Anthony Spinner
Directed by Bernard McEveety
First aired 16-Mar-1965
Episode 26 of Season 3

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SYNOPSIS:

Hanley's efforts to bring to London a Frenchman with information valuable to the Allies is hampered by a lynching party that wants him for themselves. A hanging tree awaits Duval, whose collaboration with the Germans meant death for the innocent citizens of Moray.

REVIEW:

In "The Tree of Moray," Robert Loggia is excellent as the underground fighter determined to exact justice. But none of the Combat! regulars (Jason, Hogan, Jalbert, and Peabody) or director McEveety seem comfortable with this script or with the actions of their characters. McEveety and Combat! are on more sure ground with clear moral issues.

The action scene between the Germans and the squad is exciting, almost a relief. But the later "action" sequences between Americans and French, who are reluctant to engage each other, are stilted and uncomfortable.

The story is an interesting one, with some intriguing moral questions that never get developed. The script is talky, with the squad describing the action as it happens.

NOTES, ODDITIES, AND BLOOPERS:

Filmed at Franklin Canyon and MGM.

Great set dressing, making the usually bomb-destroyed French village look even more desolate.

The branches of the Moray tree are blackened, but the trunk is not.

Emile Genest (the traitor Duval) also appears in "Any Second Now," "Reunion," and "Anniversary."

ABOUT FILMING THE EPISODE:

Dick Peabody recalls that Robert Loggia joined easily into the pranks and games of the cast regulars, especially the 'disgusting sounds symphony.' "You couldn't invite just anyone to these concerts, which took place in our clubhouse — Vic Morrow's motorhome. The object was to make the most disgusting sounds, vocally, that you could think of. At the end of each session we would vote on which of us was the most sickening. Loggia won twice; not bad for a novice."

CAST:

Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders [does not appear]

Robert Loggia as Etienne

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn
Pierre Jalbert as Caje

Emile Genest as Duval
P.L. Renoudet as Louis
Charles Giorgi as Maquis
Norbert Seigfried as German M.P.
Tom Pace as German Lt.
Mike Krempels as German Sgt.
and
Robert Ellenstein as Rene

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Related Reading about the French Resistance:

Convoy to Auschwitz: Women of the French Resistance
by Charlotte Delbo, et al (Hardcover - May 1997)
Translated into English from French.
List price $28.95, check Amazon.com price

Agents for Escape: Inside the French Resistance, 1939-1945
by Andre Rougeyron, et al (Hardcover - January 1996)
Autobiography of a French resistance fighter who worked in Normandy to help with the Allied invasion. He was captured and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. Well written and provides a unique perspective of both the resistance and the high price they paid when caught.
List price $24.95. Check price at Amazon.com

Love in the Tempest of History: A French Resistance Story
by Aude Yung-De Prevaux, et al (Hardcover - April 2001)
At 23 the author discovered the people who raised her were not her parents. Her real parents were executed by the Nazis when she was just an infant. This story is a daughter's tribute to brave parents she never knew, documenting their remarkable story as they resisted the Nazis in France, and gave their lives for liberty.
List price $23.00. Check price at Amazon.com

Resistance and Betrayal: The Death and Life of the Greatest Hero of the French Resistance
by Patrick Marnham (Hardcover - March 2002)
List price $25.95, check Amazon.com price.

Hitting Back : An Austrian Jew in the French Resistance
by Dolly Steindling, et al (Hardcover)
List price $20.00, check Amazon.com price.

Code Name Christine Clouet: A Woman in the French Resistance
by Claire Chevrillon (Hardcover - June 1995)
Superb Autobiography!
Out of Print--Check Availability at Amazon.com by clicking links below.
Editions: Hardcover | Paperback

 

 

 

 

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