The Squad is ordered to take and hold a strategic bridge. The bridge however is near an abandoned house that a squad of Germans have sought refuge in. The Germans are armed with an anti ... See full summary »
The Squad is ordered to take and hold a strategic bridge. The bridge however is near an abandoned house that a squad of Germans have sought refuge in. The Germans are armed with an anti tank weapon and take out the American tank. The only thing left for Saunders and the men to do is a frontal assault on the house...under heavy enemy fire. Morale for this particular mission is low and the men question whether this bridge is worth the risk. Written by
Bridgehead is characterized by a lot of action, gunfire, and excellent dialogue. Private Mick Hellar (excellently played by Nick Adams) is completely against being part of the war effort. He sarcastically wines and complains throughout the episode. It's quite amusing to watch Hanley and Saunders put Hellar in his place. Had this episode been done a year or two later, Combat audiences would have expected Kirby to beat the tar out of Hellar. But he and the series were still comparatively new at the time.
The budget must have been high considering all of the gunfire; reminded me of the movie Blackhawk Down.
Lieutenant Hanley, Doc, and Littlejohn have some great dialogue after the grenade scene; a testament to excellent screen writing by Edward Lakso.
Noam Pitlik did an outstanding job as Private Gene Scott, especially the hand grenade scene in which his facial expression is priceless !
Bernard McEveety as usual came prepared and did a superb job directing in that we can really see what giving and taking orders is all about. We also get a look at the concept of freezing up under fire, which was probably more common than one would expect during World War 2.
Hanley did an excellent and amusing job announcing when it was time for the squad to advance and also when it was time to take cover from the firing of the panzerfaust.
Our favorite German Paul Busch played the sergeant in this one and did a fine job of barking orders to his troops. We are introduced to the panzerfaust, a single shot German anti tank weapon which is quite effective.
A.D. Flowers, one of the very best ever, was the special effects coordinator and it shows considering the complexity of the fire fight. I wonder if they could have pulled the making of Bridgehead off without his unique talents.
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