Amazing Stories: Season 1, Episode 14

No Day at the Beach (12 Jan. 1986)

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Scorned by his troop of poker-playing teen-aged soldiers, Arnold Skamp becomes a war hero by miraculously saving their lives when they charge the battle-torn beaches of Port Nuovo, Italy.

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Casey
Larry Spinak ...
Arnold Skamp
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Ira
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Stick
Leo Geter ...
Evergreen
Tom Hodges ...
Tiny
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Irish
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Granville (as Luca Josef Bercovici)
Jed Mills ...
Sergeant
Keith Joe Dick ...
1st Sergeant
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Scorned by his troop of poker-playing teen-aged soldiers, Arnold Skamp becomes a war hero by miraculously saving their lives when they charge the battle-torn beaches of Port Nuovo, Italy. Written by Anonymous

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Was Is It Real, Or Was It........?
31 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steven Spielberg has always been fascinated with World War II. He mentions this in the main bonus feature on the DVD of "Saving Private Ryan." While that great motion picture was released in 1997, this television episode done a dozen years earlier, also has a D-Day beach scene that is crucial.

In this story, however, the guy who was picked on by the other guys, bullied and tormented for being mentally slow, turns out toe be the hero. He's the one who single-handedly destroys an enemy pillbox and enables the Allied soldiers to successfully take a beachhead. After all the action, however, it's discovered that the guy, "Arnold," never left the boat. He was killed instantly when the guys landed.

Huh? What's going on? They leave that to your imagination I guess but knowing Spielberg and his affinity for ghosts and the like, I would guess that's the angle. What's touching and the best part of the segment, in my opinion, was the letter "Arnold" had written home that Charlie Sheen read. You wonder how much guilt those guys felt for picking on his man.

There used to be a popular television commercial for recording tape with the catch-phrase, "Was it real, or was it Memorex?" That sort of applies to this episode.

I thought it was refreshing to see an episode in black-and-white and gives the World War II story more authenticity.


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