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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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Combat! episode reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer * Episodes are rated from 0 to 4 bayonets 

(111) Luck with Rainbows

Guest Star Michael Evans

RATING: 1.5 bayonets

Written by Wells Root and Ron Bishop
Directed by Alan Crosland, Jr.
First aired 07-Dec-1965
Episode 13 of Season 4


Hanley, Littlejohn, Kirby, and an expendable attempt to salvage film from a crashed reconnaissance plane. They are interrupted by a British Major who commandeers the film and abandons the squad as Germans approach. Through daring and luck, the out-manned and out-gunned squad destroys the attacking German half-track. This so impresses the British Major that he requests Hanley and Kirby to go with him on a sabotage mission to destroy V-2 rockets.


Michael Evans, as the British Major, shows typical English pluck in his pip-pip, cheerio scenes. He is almost haunting talking about his hero, Bertie, who was once a great soldier and tactician, but his "light had gone out." After sending too many men to their deaths, Bertie was left only with a death wish for himself.

It was hackneyed back when Alexander Dumas used it in The Three Musketeers, so it should surprise no one when the Major turns out to be the tragic Bertie. Through a series of pep sentences and general derring-do, Hanley re-establishes Bertie's will to live, saves the Major's life, and completes the mission by finding a map showing the location of the V-2s.

The teaser, first act, and second act are fun, as Hanley and the Major are civilly at odds with each other. Kirby is delightful enjoying his drinks and interacting with British sergeant. Acts three and four go downhill in script, pacing, and general goofiness. In the end, the Major does not go out in a blaze of glory as he had wished, and neither does this episode.


Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders [does not appear]

Guest Star
Michael Evans as Major Cole-Hughes

Jack Hogan as Kirby
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn

Roy Dean as Wilson
Peter Hellman as German Truck Driver
Dirk Hansen as German Convoy Officer
Stephen Ferry as Paulsen
Paul Busch as German Fuel Tanker
David Adams as German #1
Kurt Landen as German #2
Bill Glover as Sgt. Leighton

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