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Director for TV Series Combat!

Combat's most prolific director, Bernard McEveety directed thirty-one episodes. He is the only Combat! director to work all five seasons of the show. My favorite director of the series, his great strength was action sequences. He knew how to highlight and intensify great moments of conflict, whether the conflict was physical or emotional. The footage you see re-used over and over again in the series is generally taken from McEveety action shots. The fights from "Bridgehead" and "Anatomy of a Patrol" especially were repeated throughout the black-and-white episodes. What makes McEveety's action scenes so fascinating is that his action was always character-driven, focusing on the men behind the arms. He photographed weapons with the kind of respect and sensuousness most directors reserve for their female stars. One of his trademark shots is through the sights of a rifle.

He went on to direct "The Macahans" (the TV film that launched the series "How The West Was Won"), "The Hostage Heart", and brought his strengths to such action shows as "The Wild, Wild West", "How The West Was Won", "The A-Team", "The Waltons," "The Dukes of Hazzard," and others.

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