A French countess walks a dangerous tightrope as she entertains a château full of German soldiers--while sheltering a wounded Hanley.

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Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
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Countess De Roy
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Count De Roy
Pierre Jalbert ...
James Dobson ...
Lt. Schaefer
John Mylong ...
General Kroehler
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Capt. Roswald
Karl Sadler ...
German #1
Norbert Meisel ...
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Larry Gelbman ...
Sentry
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Major Werner
Maurice Marsac ...
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While on a scouting mission, Lt. Hanley, Caje, and another GI run into a German machine gun nest which kills the one GI and wounds Hanley. Caje kills the two German machine gunners, and a local Frenchman takes them to the château of Count and Countess De Roy. The good news is the Countess had medical experience treating wounded in WW1; the bad news is the Chateau is occupied by the Germans. The Countess can treat the wounded Hanley, but it has to be done without the Germans knowing. After recovering somewhat, Hanley overhears valuable information about German troop movements. Now he has to get the information back to his HQ, but getting out will be much more difficult than getting in. Written by David Wile

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21 December 1965 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Luise Rainer was coaxed out of retirement for her role in this episode. See more »

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Extraordinary performances from two Hollywood greats!!
6 January 2015 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

It must have been quite an occasion in 1965 when two of MGM's greatest pre-war stars returned to the MGM lot to film this episode of 'Combat'. Ramon Novarro, who MGM had dumped thirty years earlier after 14 years, and Luise Rainer, who had dumped MGM in 1938 after winning two Oscars, were both outstanding actors and they throw their full star-power into this little war-time drama.

They play a French Count and Countess who find themselves sheltering a couple of American soldiers while their château is being occupied by Nazi officers. The total emotional control these two great artists exhibit here is extraordinary and they make the episode deeply moving and completely engrossing, despite conventional plotting and over-the-top direction.

Novarro's final scene is particularly fine and seeing Rainer and him perform scenes in extreme close-up, you cannot help but be impressed by their total emotional honesty and their extreme physical beauty (although Novarro was in his mid-sixties and Rainer in her mid-fifties).

Hollywood was spoilt for choice in the mid-sixties, and these two great stars should have worked a lot more at this time. So it is a rare privilege to be able to see them in this aptly titled episode 'Finest Hour'. It is certainly one of the finest hours of television you will ever see.


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