Combat!: Season 5, Episode 8

Headcount (1 Nov. 1966)

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Ordered to escort an important group of German prisoners to the rear, Saunders faces heavy odds; the POWs outnumber the GIs 18 to 5.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Hanley (credit only)
Jack Hogan ...
Dick Peabody ...
Jan Merlin ...
Lt. Geiben
Ray Stricklyn ...
Pvt. Earl Konieg
Ron Soble ...
Cpl. Wiltz
Maj. Fisher
Tom Pace ...
Kurt Shiller (as Tom P. Pace)
Richard Kindelon ...
German Prisoner
Paul Busch ...
German Prisoner
German Prisoner (as Mike Masters)
Buddy Pantsari ...
German Prisoner (as David 'Buddy' Pantsari)
German Prisoner


Ordered to escort an important group of German prisoners to the rear, Saunders faces heavy odds; the POWs outnumber the GIs 18 to 5.

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

1 November 1966 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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6 December 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"Headcount" is a story of White Rook Transporting 18 German prisoners back to battalion headquarters.

Escape attempts, obstacles, & intimidating dialog on both sides keep the story flowing. But firefight, the essence of Combat, is missing for the most part leaving too many gaps. One small combat sequence will not cut it.

James Menzies wrote an average screenplay; the transport of 18 prisoners does not make for an exiting episode. Beginning heavy artillery scenes are very mediocre with no powder flash in them. Kirby's BAR intrigues the viewer who hasn't heard one fired before.

I liked the Sarge's responses to both the prisoner uprising and the water crossing incident - very practical & amusing. The German picking on the wrong person during the water crossing was very amusing. I'm critical of the American officer death scene. William Schallert was sitting straight up - no way.

There's just not enough action in "Headcount."

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