Combat!, a one-hour WWII drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show offered ... See full summary »
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 Sgt. Saunders / ... (152 episodes, 1962-1967)
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 Lt. Hanley / ... (152 episodes, 1962-1967)
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 PFC Paul 'Caje' LeMay / ... (115 episodes, 1962-1967)
Jack Hogan ...
 Kirby / ... (111 episodes, 1962-1967)
Dick Peabody ...
 Littlejohn / ... (100 episodes, 1962-1967)
Conlan Carter ...
 Doc / ... (68 episodes, 1963-1967)
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Combat!, a one-hour WWII drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show offered character studies of men striving to maintain their own humanity in the midst of a world torn by war. Written by Jo Davidsmeyer <snw@gate.net>

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Action | Drama | War

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2 October 1962 (USA)  »

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(152 episodes)

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(Westrex Recording System)|

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4:3
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Trivia

Vic Morrow and Rick Jason were essentially co-stars, and for this reason there were two sets of opening credits, some listing Morrow as the lead star before Jason and some listing Jason ahead of Morrow, although not necessarily based on which one had a larger role in a given episode. See more »

Goofs

Sgt. Saunders consistently fails to carry spare magazines for his Thompson sub-machine gun. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Chip Saunders: [a typical "pep talk" to his squad] ... All right, just knock it off. YOU KNOCK IT OFF! You people make me sick. Go on, look at yourselves. You call yourselves a squad? You're a bunch of GOOF-UPS! Littlejohn, you cause nothing but trouble! You mind everybody's business except your own. From now on, you mind your OWN business and you FOLLOW ORDERS! Kirby - KIRBY! You're a hot-headed show-off who thinks of himself first and everybody else second. You fly off the handle every time you turn around! ...
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Referenced in MGM's Secret Operations (2008) See more »

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An amazing show even today
10 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Combat was realistic because the producers worked extensively with the Army to duplicate details of how soldiers fought. There is a Combat web site on the net that lists episodes and has interviews from the cast including Jason and Morrow who are dead.

Jason has the most revealing comments. He was suppose to carry the machine gun that Saunders carried. Apparently it was common for the junior officers to have the machine gun. However as an avid hunter and gun user he knew how heavy it would be carry the gun around during the long shoots. Eventually they made a lighter wooden replica for Saunders to carry.

Morrow hated guns according to Jason and would not even shoot skeet with him. Jason said Morrow was one of the most talented directors on the show. Jason's best episodes he said are the ones that Morrow directed such as The Pillbox. My favorite story was Jason's retelling of Morrow's direction for the two parter Hills are for Heroes.

The two part episode took 21 extra days to shoot and cost ABC an extra $300,000. They sent memos complaining to Morrow about the extra time and money that the two part episode cost them. According to Jason, Morrow used the ABC memos to light his cigarettes!


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