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Episode cast overview:
Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
Lt. Markes
Jack Hogan ...
Conlan Carter ...
Pierre Jalbert ...
Glenn Cannon ...
Pvt. Cane
Capt. Werner
Henry Hermann-Cattani ...
Raikin Ben-Ari ...
Le Page (as Ben-Ari)
Bob Kanter ...
Pvt. Hunstell
Larry Gelbman ...
Gunnar (as Larry Gelbmann)
Frank Oberschall ...
Lisa Pera ...
Madame DuBois


Unearthing a French baby buried under ruins, unites Hanley's men and a Nazi squad. All the troops' hearts go out to the desperate young mother, but as the German lieutenant warns "distrust is a crippling thing." Laying down their arms in an unauthorized truce proves challenging to the frayed nerves of both squads in the village devastated by both sides' heavy artillery. Hanley's squad needs to get out for a rendezvous, the Germans are hustling to re-occupy the ville. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

23 March 1965 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Superb Acting, Screen Writing, & Directing in a Combat Episode !
29 August 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"Cry in the Ruins" is an outstanding episode portraying the human side of soldiers. In reality most soldiers in time of war do not want to be there as they have loved ones & family to go home to. This story is no different.

After the Americans shell a French village, Lieutenant Hanley & squad move in to recon the village making sure there are no Germans left. They encounter Madame BuBois (brilliantly played by Lisa Pera) who is looking for her lost baby in the ruins of the village. The Germans counter attack and their shelling has everyone running for cover. Lieutenant Markes & squad move in and in no time firefight breaks out between the Americans & the Germans. After a truce is painstakingly agreed upon by Hanley & Markes, the joint effort begins to find Madame DuBois' lost baby.

Vic Morrow superbly directed this great episode which is loaded with suspense and shows the common decency side of humanity. When Hanley tries to call the shots, Markes forces him to look at himself in the mirror. Dialog is superb throughout and the story flows; testament to a great story & teleplay by A. Martin Zweiback & Ed Lakso. Both Hanley and Markes show a healthy distrust for each other; yet they manage to facilitate the joint effort. The great catalyst is Lisa Pera who is virtually unbeatable as Madame DuBois, as good as it gets. If ever there was an Emmy caliber performance in a Combat episode, Lisa is it.

It's no surprise "Cry In The Ruins" is one of the highest if not the highest rated Combat episode on IMDb, a very touching and heart felt story.

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