Combat! reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer
Episodes rated from 0 to 4 bayonets
(108) Soldier of Fortune
RATING: 2 bayonets
Written by George F. Slavin Directed by Sutton Roley
First aired 23-Nov-1965 Episode 11 of Season 4
An explosion destroys the cellar of a
German communication center where Saunders, Marsh, and Wallace were tapping lines. Trapped
beneath a beam and fearing he will be left behind, Marsh withholds information he has
overhead, as insurance for a safe return to American lines. Saunders forces a captured
German to free the trapped soldier and carry him to safety. But the German, who had been
in charge of communications, claims no critical information came over the phones and that
Marsh is duping them all.
"Soldier of Fortune" offers
the fourth "beamer" episode in the Combat! cannon. This time, an
obnoxious private is trapped beneath a beam in the rubble. The script cleverly toys with
the audience, making them wonder whether he really has any vital info?
Some striking performances are provided by Burt Brinckerhoff as the slimy G.I. and
William Campbell as the staunch soldier who distrusts Marsh. William Campbell will appear
again in the fifth season episode "Nightmare on
the Red Ball Run."
"Soldier of Fortune" is a fun entertainment. Slow at the beginning, once it
picks up, it is quite enjoyable.
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley [does not appear]
Guest Star Burt Brinckerhoff as Pvt. Andy Marsh
Ed Deemer as German Lt. John Gentri as Karl Buck Holland as Rudi
Ernst Winters as German Soldier Nikolaus Kopp as German William Campbell as Pvt. Ed Wallace
and Wesley Lau as Meyer
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