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[The Gun]
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[A Little Jazz]
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(129) The Losers

(Guest star John Considine and Dick Peabody)

RATING: 2 bayonets

Written by Edward J. Lakso
Directed by Michael Caffey

First aired 20-Sep-1966
Episode 2 of Season 5


Saunders and Littlejohn arrive at the command post at St. Viet to pick up six men for a mission as the town is under attack and everyone is evacuating. They find four jailed G.I.s and conscript them into duty to blow up a bridge. When this ragtag lot encounter Germans, the worst in each man comes out.


In five seasons of picking up raw recruits and bad apples, Saunders scrapes the bottom of the barrel with his conscripts in "The Losers." This story of second chances has remarkable opening footage showing the devastation of war. Rubble and corpses are everywhere and medics rush desperately to save lives in a world exploding around them.

John Considine, as Lennon, appeared twice in season one as Private Templeton. In "The Losers," he plays a delicate soldier arrested for desertion under fire. Ash, the busted "The sergeant, wants to run the operation and take charge of his sidekick Candel, who was arrested for drunk and disorderly. Klein (Bill Bixby) is a gum-chewing black marketer.

Writer Edward Lakso captured Littlejohn well in this episode. Lakso has the essence of this gentle giant. In fifth season, most writers give Dick Peabody little to work with as Littlejohn, relegating him to a bumbling hayseed. But when he is given something to sink his teeth into, as in "The Losers," Dick Peabody rises to the challenge. This script shows both sides of Littlejohn's nature and his intense loyalty to Saunders. Littlejohn is gentle and sympathetic with Lennon, but with Klein, who doesn't even fire a shot during the battle, he is threatening and dangerous.


Shot at Korbel winery, Franklin Canyon, and downtown Los Angeles.

The bridge explosion shows the destruction of a real bridge, not a fake one. The Korbel property needed to have an old bridge removed and replaced with a new structure, so effects man A.D. Flowers got to do the destruction on film for the episode.

Bill Bixby chews gum throughout the episode, even while in the river setting charges.


The opening sequence of the rubble was shot in downtown Los Angeles in a building that had just been demolished. Dick Peabody says "Our producer, when he read about the demolition in the paper, wisely said, 'Hey, lets do it down there.'"


(guest star Bill Bixby pictured below)

Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley (does not appear)

Guest Star

Bill Bixby as Kline
Harry Landers as Ash
John Considine as Lennon
Bill Gray as Candell

Dick Peabody as Littlejohn

Ed Deemer as American Lieutenant
Mark Russi as German Officer

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