In a newly liberated French town,
Saunders is reluctant to accept the ministrations of a courageous thirteen-year-old girl,
whose one ambition is to serve the troops as a nurse. Despite Sanders' sometimes cruel
resistance to her, Claudine grows deeply attached to him, and he to her. During a battle
outside town, she risks her life to bring Saunders medical aid on the line.
"The Little Carousel" is a special episode for
me. When I saw this as a child, I was devastated. I cried myself to sleep that night and
remembered exact dialogue decades later. As a little girl who wanted to be a nurse, I
strongly identified with the girl in the story.
Bernard McEveety directed another superb episode in "The Little Carousel."
Morrow runs the range of emotions in this C bitterness,
anger, frustration, joy, exultation, love. Saunders fell in love with this little girl who
healed not only his body, but his soul. Sylvian Margolle, as the little nurse Claudine, is
a sweet breath of life amid the war. Saunders' carefully groomed, hard-bitten facade falls
away when he gives in to something he had almost forgotten existed - pure joy.
At the end, the stoic Saunders openly shows his agonizing grief in a primal scream,
oblivious to his men around him.
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Sylviane Margolle as Claudine
Jack Hogan as Kirby
Conlan Carter as Doc
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn
Pierre Jalbert as Caje
Warren Vanders as Henderson
Donald Journeaux as Antoine
Paul Daniel as Old Man Patient
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