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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]
[Finest Hour]
[The Farmer]
[The Raider]
[Soldier of Fortune]
[The First Day]
[Luck with Rainbows]
[The Flying Machine]
[The Old Men]
[The Casket]
[The Good Samaritan]
[The Mockingbird]
[Hills Are for Heroes]
[Nothing to Lose]
[Ask Me No Questions]
[The Ringer]
[One at a Time]
[Run, Sheep, Run]
[The Leader]

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Vic Morrow and Jack Carter in COMBAT!(098) Main Event

RATING: 2-1/2 bayonets

Written by William Fay
Directed by Tom Gries
First aired 14-Sep-1965
Episode 1 of Season 4

Guest star Jack Carter


Saunders' latest green replacements are a boxer and his cocky fight manager, Murphy, who wants to run both the war and Saunders. Murphy fights a losing battle to keep himself and his boxer out of action when the squad is sent on a demolition mission.


"Main Event" provides nice action sequences and fine performances in a predictable story about a boxer and his manager. Ben Cooper (who played the appropriately named Corporal Cross in "Next In Command ") portrays a likable, All-American contender for the middleweight championship. Jack Carter, who plays his contrary manager, is perfectly grating in his efforts to keep his boy out of harm's way.

The best scene shows Cooper engaging the enemy for the first time; his reactions are beautifully handled. Kirby trades great lines with comic Jack Carter and winds up with the best punchlines.


  • In the final battle, one of the dead Germans either has a ripped crotch or his fly is open.
  • When Saunders halts the half-track, he is wearing a helmet. In the next shot, he is bare-headed and is reaching down to pick up his helmet.
  • Uses footage from location shooting in Loire, France, including the shots of "Saunders" searching in the French farmyard and the long shot of the squad walking down the road past a French country church. Filmed at Chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire.
  • Read more about filming Combat! in France.


Vic Morrow as
Sgt. Saunders

Rick Jason as
Lt. Hanley

Guest Star
Jack Carter as Murphy

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

Vic Werber as Ferguson
Hans Difflip as German Sergeant
Todd Lasswell as Driver
Ben Cooper as Willy Kleve

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