The squad is anxious to open Littlejohn's birthday cake he received from home, but Littlejohn refuses since his mother has a note attached telling him not to open the package until his ... See full summary »

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The squad is anxious to open Littlejohn's birthday cake he received from home, but Littlejohn refuses since his mother has a note attached telling him not to open the package until his birthday which is a day away. They are sent on a mission to tap into a German phone line to gather information, and Pvt. Cantrell is sent along because he speaks German. Cantrell, due to be rotated out of action and placed on leave, is sore and does nothing but constantly complain on the patrol. While Cantrell worries about surviving the mission to go on leave, Littlejohn's attention is focused on keeping his birthday cake safe for one day until his birthday. He leaves his cake back at a bridge, and while sneaking away to get it, he encounters a German patrol. Chasing after Littlejohn, the squad gets into a firefight with the Germans. They kill all the Germans, but Cantrell is wounded and has to be carried back to their lines on a makeshift litter. On the way back, they encounter another, much larger, ... Written by David Wile

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29 December 1964 (USA)  »

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In the creek crossing scenes near the finale, the shadow of the camera tripod is visible near the water's edge in the foreground. Also noticeable in the shadow is someone, possibly the director, waving his arm as if to signal 'action.' See more »

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The Impulsive Littlejohn
22 August 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"Birthday Cake" is a story of American recon and what happens when a soldier's head is not in the ballgame.

White Rook is sent on a dangerous recon mission into German territory to find out what they are up to. Private Steve Cantrell (played by Phillip Pine) made the mistake of learning German in school and was picked for the mission the idea being to tap telephone lines and intercept valuable information. After receiving a tip from a French farmer, Saunders, Cage, & Kirby do some valuable recon while Littlejohn covers Cantrell's wire tapping exploits. Littlejohn suddenly realizes he forgot his birthday cake at the bridge and must run back to recover it. Without even looking, he bolts for the orchard and is spotted by the Germans who are immediately in hot pursuit. A firefight ensues and sets the plot for the balance of the episode.

I'm critical of the Germans impossibly poor shooting capabilities considering their numbers. Also, they are too intelligent a people to stand up like turkeys in front of a shoot. Both combat scenes are noticeably unrealistic.

Littlejohn carries out his role in excellent fashion except would he really try to swim with combat boots on? All in all it was a mediocre episode with a happy ending.


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