Combat!: Season 4, Episode 15

Finest Hour (21 Dec. 1965)

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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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Episode cast overview:
Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
Countess De Roy
Count De Roy
Pierre Jalbert ...
James Dobson ...
Lt. Schaefer
John Mylong ...
General Kroehler
Lou Robb ...
Capt. Roswald
Karl Sadler ...
German #1
Norbert Meisel ...
German #2
Larry Gelbman ...
Kurt Kreuger ...
Major Werner
Maurice Marsac ...


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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Excellent Acting, Weak Plot
23 October 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"Finest Hour" is a story about what happens when you are rich and your country is conquered by an invading force. The Germans come in with a respectful eye wink, but ultimately they own you and your material possessions.

Lieutenant Hanley is wounded while on patrol and Caje rescues him. After commandeering Claude (played by Maurice Marsac) along with his horse & wagon, they are brought to the château of Count & Countess De Roy (excellently played by Ramon Novarro & Luise Rainer.) The Countess digs the bullet out of Hanley and bandages him up. Hanley is reluctant to leave after he begins gathering intelligence information on the Germans currently occupying the château.

Don Tait wrote a good screenplay except that it's a bit far fetched plot wise. Phone tapping equipment right there ready to go - I don't think so. Most countesses would've squealed on the Americans under similar circumstances and broken off relations with the handymen who brought them there. In addition, the Germans would've been far more suspicious than they appeared. Once the story took off though, it was well acted by all involved.

Rick Jason, Luise Rainer, & Ramon Novarro salvaged a relatively unrealistic plot with fine acting. Rainer kicks into high gear after she agrees to spy for the Americans portraying hard core ambivalence on screen. Jason is relentless in his quest to gather intelligence.

It's interesting to note 2 time Oscar winning Luise Rainer is still here living in London at age 104 !

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