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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
12 September 1966 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The World War II North African missions of an Allied commando patrol squad of the Long Range Desert Group. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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Cast

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Christopher George ... Sgt. Sam Troy / ... (58 episodes, 1966-1968)

Gary Raymond ... Sgt. Jack Moffitt / ... (58 episodes, 1966-1968)

Eric Braeden ... Capt. Hans Dietrich / ... (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
Lawrence P. Casey ... Pvt. Mark Hitchcock / ... (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
Justin Tarr ... Pvt. Tully Pettigrew / ... (54 episodes, 1966-1968)
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Series Directed by
John Peyser (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Lee H. Katzin (7 episodes, 1966-1967)
Robert Sparr (6 episodes, 1967)
Herschel Daugherty (5 episodes, 1967)
Frank Baur (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Sutton Roley (4 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Writing credits
Tom Gries (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
Richard H. Landau (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Anthony Lawrence (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Mark Weingart (4 episodes, 1967)
John Peyser (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Edward J. Lakso (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Harry Kronman (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ronald Sossi (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Daniel Aubrey (2 episodes, 1966)
Don Brinkley (2 episodes, 1967)
Richard De Roy (2 episodes, 1967)
Peter Allan Fields (2 episodes, 1967)
Ellis Kadison (2 episodes, 1967)
Sheldon Stark (2 episodes, 1967)

Series Produced by
Jon Epstein .... producer (26 episodes, 1967)
Mark Weingart .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1967)
Richard H. Landau .... associate producer (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
Lee Rich .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1967)
Stanley Shpetner .... producer (6 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere (43 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Cinematography by
Brick Marquard (40 episodes, 1966-1967)
Manuel Berenguer (2 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Film Editing by
Richard K. Brockway (24 episodes, 1966-1968)
 
Series Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster (33 episodes, 1966-1968)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jack T. Collis (17 episodes, 1967)
Gil Parrondo (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
Eddie Imazu (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Charles S. Thompson (24 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Makeup Department
Harry Ross .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1966)
 
Series Production Management
Bernard Oseransky .... assistant production supervisor (42 episodes, 1966-1967)
Leonard C. Kroll .... post-production supervisor (41 episodes, 1966-1968)
Frank Baur .... production supervisor (26 episodes, 1967)
Lee Rich .... executive in charge of production (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Templeton .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1967)
Kuki López Rodero .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1966-1967)
Grayson Rogers .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jack N. Reddish .... second unit director (5 episodes, 1966)
Pedro Vidal .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1966)
Ricardo Hansa .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1966)

Robert Gough .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Ángel Cañizares .... set dresser (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
Art Cole .... property master (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
Richard Neblett .... property master (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Sound Department
John Haines .... sound mixer (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
Tom Edwards .... sound mixer (15 episodes, 1967)
Ben Smith .... sound effects editor (12 episodes, 1966-1967)
Milton E. Berle .... sound effects editor (4 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Special Effects by
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
Glen Robinson .... special effects (3 episodes, 1967)
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Stunts
Budd Albright .... stunts (58 episodes, 1966-1968)
Chuck Hayward .... stunt coordinator (12 episodes, 1966)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Von Deming .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1967)

Frank Babich .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gary Epper .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Hal Needham .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Doug O'Dell .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Dick Ziker .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Gough .... director of photography: second unit (1 episode, 1966)
Nelson Tyler .... aerial photographer (1 episode, 1966)

Doug Byers .... electrician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Lynn Stalmaster .... casting supervisor (1 episode, 1966)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eric Seelig .... wardrobe (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
Norman A. Burza .... wardrobe (3 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Editorial Department
Anthony DiMarco .... supervising editor (42 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor (15 episodes, 1966)
Earle Dearth .... music editor / music supervisor (7 episodes, 1966-1968)
 
Series Transportation Department
Robert Neal .... driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Fred Lemoine .... production executive: Mirisch-Rich (32 episodes, 1966-1967)
Dennis Judd .... location auditor (31 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ronald Sossi .... assistant: producer (31 episodes, 1966-1967)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (58 episodes)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating)

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Trivia:
On January 4th, 1967, while filming a chase scene on the set of "The Rat Patrol", Christopher George's jeep flipped over, pinning the actor underneath the vehicle. George sustained a cardiac contusion, which never properly healed, and scar tissue subsequently developed. The fatal heart attack he suffered on November 28th, 1983 was attributed to this mishap. He was buried in Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park, in Los Angeles, CA.See more »
Quotes:
Sgt. Sam Troy:Let's shake it!See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Slick & Well Produced, 12 September 2006
Author: getyourdander from United States

The concept for this series came from a World War 2 saga titled THE DESERT RATS. It was expanded upon & fictionalized on ABC television.This color series was filmed in Spain for ABC in Color. Visually, the DVD set of season 1 that I have looked at is great.

There are several things to note which make the series not as good as it looks. ABC had an extremely limited budget shooting these & if you watch the first season a lot, you will find that many of the action shots are re-used in several episodes. No matter what plot is being followed, the same action sequence used in an earlier episode pops in.

The half hour format this series follows does not allow enough time for character development. COMBAT , the Vic Morrow series which was also on ABC, always had an hour to develop it's plots. There are some multiple parters to try & make up for this problem during the first season, but not enough. The main cast is quite good. Christopher George is a good actor & brings Sgt. Troy as close to being real as you can imagine. His three comrades in support are fine also. Hans Guidecast (now Eric Braden or Victor on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) does well as the German Captain in pursuit of our heroes. often though, the scripts are limp & sometimes the re-use of the action sequences does detract from the quality of the series overall.

If you pick up the DVD set, watch for Ed Asner (Lou Grant) & Gavin McCloud (Captian Steubing of the LOVE BOAT Murray on Mary Tyler Moore series) in guest roles. The three parter features Claudine Longet several years before her lover Spider Savage died in mystery circumstances. This series is watchable & the DVD pictures are so good you can see the characters sun tans. Overall though, not as good as you remember when you were a child as the plots look a little limp to a grown up.

Sometimes, the jeeps suddenly get new equipment when our heroes are nowhere near their own lines. Amazing how they can do that & always get what they need & never run out of ammo. The action theme and fine camera work make this watchable.

When I was a child, I picked up & read a series of 7 paper back books based upon the series characters. The books developed the plots & characters in much more depth than the show. This makes my view of the series a little more negative than it should be.

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