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Point of View

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Written by David Moessinger
Directed by Bernard McEveety
First aired 29-Sep-1964
Episode 3 of Season 3

Pictured: Paul Burke, guest starring as Sgt. O’Neill, brings Saunders to a near court martial with his charges of stupidity and poor judgement in “Point of View.”  

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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]


Saunders is threatened with charges, being accused of incompetence that caused the death of two men. Hanley defends a Saunders reluctant to defend himself. Distracted by the fate of a wounded squad member and angry over the charges, Saunders' bitterness leads nearly to insubordination and causes him to abandon Hanley when Hanley most needs his help. In flashbacks, the squad tells the story of taking and holding a hill against a tank.


bayonetbayonetbayonetThe scenes in "Point of View" in the familiar French village are moving and well enacted, especially the scene on the bridge Saunders rebuffs Hanley. This is the best moment for showing both the professional and personal relationship between Saunders and Hanley C and how the two are sometimes at odds.

But Combat's takeoff on the Rashomon theme falls short during the flashbacks. The battle scenes do not match the emotional intensity of the drama in the artist's studio. Bernard McEveety has amply proven able to match action scenes against dialog scenes. But this time, he fails to deliver. When the audience sees Saunders through Sgt. O'Neill's eyes, Saunders looks the same as he did through Saunders' own eyes. McEveety provides no variety in the different viewpoints, just different camera angles.

Still, because of the town scenes and the great ending, this is among my favorite episodes. Paul Burke, who later starred in "Twelve O'Clock High," performs well as the sergeant-with-the-attitude du jour.


This episode, entitled "Point Of View," has surprisingly few POV shots.

Bad harp music going in and out of the flashbacks.

H. M. Wynant (Lt. Collins) appears in fourth season's "Counterplay ."

Paul Burke gues stars in the Combat episode 'Point of View'CAST:

Vic Morrow
as Sgt. Saunders

Rick Jason
as Lt. Hanley

Guest Star
Paul Burke
as Sgt. O'Neill

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

Gerald Trump as Howie Parker

Seymour Cassel as Doctor
Richard Schuyler as Medic
Horst Ebersberg as German Corporal
Anthony Jochim as French Farmer
H.M. Wynant as Lt. Collins

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