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Season 4
COMBAT! episodes:

[Season 4 : Intro]
[The Linesman]
[The Main Event]
[Hear No Evil]
[9 Place Vendee]
[A Sudden Terror]
[Evasion]
[Finest Hour]
[Breakout]
[The Farmer]
[The Raider]
[Crossfire]
[Soldier of Fortune]
[The First Day]
[S.I.W.]
[Luck with Rainbows]
[The Flying Machine]
[The Old Men]
[The Casket]
[The Good Samaritan]
[Retribution]
[The Mockingbird]
[Hills Are for Heroes]
[Counterplay]
[Nothing to Lose]
[Ask Me No Questions]
[The Ringer]
[One at a Time]
[Gitty]
[Run, Sheep, Run]
[The Leader]

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reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer * Episodes are rated from 0 to 4 bayonets 


(121) Nothing to Lose

Rating:

3 bayonets

Written by Richard Wendley
Directed by Georg J. Fenady
Produced by Richard Caffey
First aired 01-Feb-1966
Episode 21 of Season 4

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Synopsis

Vinnick, a tough G.I. with no regard for danger, clashes with Burke, a soldier who covers his own cowardice with big talk. Vinnick risks his life to save Kirby, earning him a Bronze Star recommendation from Hanley and hatred from Burke. Burke's anger erupts into blows and gunfire. Hanley arrests Vinnick when he receives word that Vinnick is wanted for murder. He escapes and the squad is ordered to bring him back, dead or alive.


Review

Sal Mineo plays street kid Private Vinnick opposite Tom Skerritt as Burke. The two put in crisp performances. The script by Richard Wendley explores the nature of killing: the difference between taking life on the battlefield and taking life on the street. For one, Vinnick was to receive a medal, for the other, the electric chair.

Jack Hogan is excellent playing a Kirby who sees himself in this troubled tough guy and is frightened by what he sees. If life had dealt him a different hand, Kirby might have wound up like Vinnick. Hogan and Mineo's scenes work far better than Skerritt's, due more to a script that gives the Burke character little depth. Dick Peabody has a striking scene as a Littlejohn troubled to be hunting down someone wearing the same uniform as he.

ABOUT FILMING COMBAT!:

Jack Hogan remembers working with director Georg Fenady and the pranks they would play on set. "They used to bring the tour busses by on the back lot and people would get off the bus. Georg was so funny, but he'd treat us like absolute dogs. And he'd come storming over to the trailer yelling 'Come on you guys, come out of there! I told you!' And we'd come out throwing helmets, throwing belts down, saying we'll never work on this damn show again, and stalk off and the tour people would just look around in amazement."

Notes, Oddities, and Bloopers

  • Mineo and Skerritt fight in a dark room that is suddenly bright after commercial break. A lit candle appears in the background later in the scene.

Cast Credits

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

Guest Star
Sal Mineo as Vinnick

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn
Pierre Jalbert as Caje
Tom Skerritt as Burke

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