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A Silent Cry is an excellent story of WW 2 drama and suspense in which we learn about the high price paid in winning the war.
Technical Sergeant Perkins (excellently played by Richard Anderson) starts out as a self centered, conceited radio genius whose only interest is to stay alive and well. With Sergeant Chip Saunders running the show and mentally chipping away at his ego, Perkins character develops into one of a brave team player who finally understands his place in the scheme of things.
White Rook must deliver radios to a group of French partisans who are daily risking their lives in service to the American war effort. At first Sergeant Perkins does not have to go; but plans change and when faced with his new mission, Perkins becomes very touchy and scared.
Edward Lakso and Bernard McEveety make up an excellent team as screen writer and director respectively. Dialog is superb throughout especially between Saunders and Perkins in that Saunders keeps Perkins in line every step of the journey. The plot is well thought out and the characters involved effect a great outcome. As usual McEveety provides several close ups and all of the scenes are painfully realistic.
In the crucial moments of the episode, Saunders again shows why persistence, determination, and stick-to-it-ness are so vital in achieving goals.
Special note should be made of the German Captain (excellently played by Ed Gilbert) who comes across as absolutely mean, vicious, and hate-able.
Character development between Jacques (well played by Robert Crawford Jr.) and Sergeant Perkins is also clearly evident and the ending sequence and dialog are powerful in terms of wartime efforts.
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