Combat! reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer
* Episodes rated from 0 to 4 bayonets
Robert Duvall and Anna Lee
Teleplay by Edward J. Lakso
Story by Steve Fisher
Directed by John Peyser
First aired 05-Jan-1965, Episode 16 of Season 3
Episode #080 in syndication order
Hanley captures a clever demolitions expert in a French spa town after
the officer has booby-trapped the entire village. When Hanley is advised by a nun that the
elderly citizens of the town will soon return, Hanley enlists Karl's aid to remove each of
the traps. The German welcomes the opportunity as a chance to escape. He turns the table
on Hanley, catching him in one of his traps.
Robert Duvall is convincing as a confident super-man playing a dangerous
game with explosives. A strong script keeps Duvall and Jason on each other's nerves
throughout the episode. Great tension throughout: you know Duvall will try something at
every turn, and, along with Hanley, you try to figure out ahead of time what it will be.
NOTES, ODDITIES, AND BLOOPERS:
- Hanley wears two rings in this episode.
- Another instance of non-bullet proof tires.
ABOUT FILMING THE EPISODE:
Robert Duvall is a quiet man and an actor who takes
acting very seriously. He kept to himself during his three guest stints on
He spent his off-camera time running lines behind the sets.
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders [does not appear]
Robert Duvall as Karl
Michel Corhan as Louis Roche
Robert de Schene as Claude Roche
Kurt Landen as German #1
Gerd Rein as German #2
Anna Lee as Sister Lescaut