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little_carrousel.jpg (20146 bytes)(077) The Little Carousel

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Written by Edward J. Lakso
Directed by Bernard McEveety
First aired 10-Nov-1964
Episode 8 of Season 3

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


In a newly liberated French town, Saunders is reluctant to accept the ministrations of a courageous thirteen-year-old girl, whose one ambition is to serve the troops as a nurse. Despite Sanders' sometimes cruel resistance to her, Claudine grows deeply attached to him, and he to her. During a battle outside town, she risks her life to bring Saunders medical aid on the line.


little_carrousel2.jpg (26798 bytes)"The Little Carousel" is a special episode for me. When I saw this as a child, I was devastated. I cried myself to sleep that night and remembered exact dialogue decades later. As a little girl who wanted to be a nurse, I strongly identified with the girl in the story.

Bernard McEveety directed another superb episode in "The Little Carousel." Morrow runs the range of emotions in this C bitterness, anger, frustration, joy, exultation, love. Saunders fell in love with this little girl who healed not only his body, but his soul. Sylvian Margolle, as the little nurse Claudine, is a sweet breath of life amid the war. Saunders' carefully groomed, hard-bitten facade falls away when he gives in to something he had almost forgotten existed - pure joy.

At the end, the stoic Saunders openly shows his agonizing grief in a primal scream, oblivious to his men around him.


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

Sylviane Margolle as Claudine
Jack Hogan as Kirby
Conlan Carter as Doc
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn
Pierre Jalbert as Caje

Warren Vanders as Henderson
Donald Journeaux as Antoine
Paul Daniel as Old Man Patient

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