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Season 4
COMBAT! episodes:

[Season 2 (1963 - 1964)]
[Bridge at Chalons]
[The Long Way Home]
[A Distant Drum]
[Infant of Prague]
[The Wounded Don't Cry]
[The Little Jewel]
[Glow Against the Sky]
[The Party]
[Anatomy of a Patrol]
[What Are the Bugles...]
[Thunder from the Hill]
[The Pillbox]
[Gideon's Army]
[General and the Sergeant]
[The Hostages]
[A Silent Cry]
[Eyes of the Hunter]
[Mail Call]
[The Hunter]
[Weep No More]
[The Short Day of Pvt Putnam]
[The Glory Among Men]

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Bridge at Chalons


3½ bayonets

Written by Bob & Esther Mitchell
Directed by Ted Post
First aired 17-Sep-1963 (Episode 1 of Season 2)
Produced by Gene Levitt


On a mission with a hard-nosed demolition expert (Sgt. Turk, played by Lee Marvin), Saunders mother-hen's his men, and in the end, even Sergeant Turk. While behind enemy lines, Turk shows his contempt for the squad's ineptitude and a mutual hatred develops between the sergeants. Saunders' men are picked off one by one, until only the two sergeants remain to complete the mission.


Guest Star Lee Marvin is superb as the sergeant-with-an-attitude who makes Saunders' life miserable. Marvin was larger than life both on camera and off.

Rick Jason was surprised to see Marvin do a guest stint. After a three-year run as star of the series "M Squad," in which he was to share in the profits, Marvin should not have needed the money. But Marvin confided in Jason that the books for the series showed no profits, so Lee Marvin was again working series, but trying to select only good shows.

An ex-Marine, Lee Marvin brought touches of realism to his role. Marvin saw action in WWII in the Pacific and was wounded in the battle of Saipan. In "Bridge at Chalons," he is completely natural as a man of arms. He holds his weapon like someone familiar with the feel. He added the rubber inner tube around his helmet, just as he had done with his own helmet in the Pacific.


When asked about guest stars on the show, Lee Marvin is the first one all the actors and crew mention. "I always thought Lee Marvin was so cool," says Tom Lowell. "The way he came in and had his rifle slung that way. Remember the way he had his elbows looped through the strap. That was so cool. I tried to do that for every show after that and Dick would look down at me and say, 'Don't even try it.' After Lee Marvin came on, everyone wanted a rubber band wrapped around their helmet."

Jack Hogan about Lee Marvin: "I remember Lee Marvin as one of the most bright military guys and a fantastic actor. After work, the Retake Room (a bar just off the MGM lot behind the Thalberg building) was busy when he was there."

"Lee Marvin was a kick in the tail," says Conlan Carter. "He was a piece of work, boy. The fun part of him was not so much in the acting, though he was good and he did what he did well. But he was a hard drinker. After the shoot was over for the day, man, could he put them down. Tell the stories! And he had incredible recovery. He could drink to one, two, three o'clock in the morning and show up on the set the next day and look like he'd never been out."

Georg Fenady says, "I was still an assistant then. I made the mistake of trying to stay with him one night. That man had a hollow leg. At two o'clock in the morning I'm staggering out to my car and he says 'Where are you going, I know a place to go.' I said, 'Lee, we have to get up in two hours.' I left him, and he went wherever he went. The next day, at seven in the morning, he put on all of his equipment -- backpack, helmet, and rifle -- and stood three feet from the camera all day, standing tall. Incredible. What an interesting man. A really interesting man."


  • Sarge starts out the day with a holstered .45 and a sheathed bayonet on his belt. Later the bayonet has disappeared.
  • While carrying Turk back on the stretcher, Sarge's Tommy gun is on his left shoulder. After he sets the stretcher down, it's on his right shoulder.
  • The pontoon bridge is also seen in "One More For the Road" and blown up for a second time in "Command."
  • The French barnyard is the same one in "The Squad."
  • Filmed on the MGM backlot and at Franklin Canyon.
  • "My favorite Ted Post story," says Dick Peabody, "is the one with Lee Marvin. A two-shot between Vic and Lee. They did the scene and Ted said, 'Okay. Cut. Print.' And Vic said, 'Ted, are you out of your mind? Don't you realize I flubbed that whole last sentence?' And Ted said, 'I 'm sorry, Vic. I wasn't listening.' He was reading the Hollywood Reporter while the scene was going on. Paying absolutely no attention. As I recall, that was end of Ted Post on Combat!"


Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley

Guest Star Lee Marvin as Sgt. Turk

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Pierre Jalbert as Caje
Tom Lowell as Billy
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn
Conlan Carter as Doc

Lee Kreiger as Capt. McQuillan
Rudy Hanson as German Leader
Peter Helman as German
Kurt Landon as Other German
Donald Ein as German Corporal
Mathais Uitz as 1st German Cyclist
Heinz Sadler as 2nd German Cyclist
Chris Anders as 1st Bridge German
Deiter Jacoby as 2nd Bridge German


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