Sgt. Saunders and his squad are on patrol with a Captain from G-2 Intelligence. He informs them he intends to be captured by the Germans, allowing himself to be taken to a POW camp where an... See full summary »

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Lt. Hanley (credit only)
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Barton
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Dick Peabody ...
Conlan Carter ...
Doc
Douglas Henderson ...
Reardon
Kurt Landen ...
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Sgt. Saunders and his squad are on patrol with a Captain from G-2 Intelligence. He informs them he intends to be captured by the Germans, allowing himself to be taken to a POW camp where an important writer for Stars and Stripes is being held. The Captain must get the writer out of the POW camp before he can talk, through a hidden tunnel he knows to be there. When the Captain steps on a mine and is killed, Sgt. Saunders and his squad are captured, but they intend to complete the mission. Written by Clintessence

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23 February 1965 (USA)  »

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Comedy of Errors
8 August 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

Dateline is a story about the rescue of a war correspondent who's been captured by the Germans. Rumor has it Correspondent Barton (well played by Dan Duryea) possesses valuable information the Germans want. After Captain Reardon fails to get himself captured by the Germans in the same vicinity as where Barton is being held, Saunders and squad manage to get themselves captured and thrown into the same POW camp as Barton. Their objective is to get Barton out in short time through a tunnel which they must first locate.

I'm very critical of G-2 sending a captain to pull this off. The Germans would immediately grill someone of this rank and would most likely immediately move him to headquarters for interrogation. Better to send a sergeant or lower to accomplish the objective since the Germans would not consider one of such rank important.

I'm also very critical of the capture scene in that not one of the 4 squad members received so much as a nick. That literally made me laugh and goes well beyond the laws of ballistics.

Dateline lacks the essence of the Combat series in that other than the capture scene, there's not enough action. Even the mine scene looks phony in that they used a crater made by a large cannon projectile to approximate that of a land mine.

Vic Morrow and Dan Duryea have some good dialog, and their acting skills do them well, but Dateline suffers from a weak script and nothing can bring this one to life.


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