Combat! (1962–1967)
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Missing in Action 

The French Resistance helps Lt. Hanley find a downed American Col. living with a beautiful woman, but leaks are getting their people killed.

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Lt. Gil Hanley
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Sgt. Chip Saunders
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Pvt. Braddock
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PFC Paul 'Caje' LeMay
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Col. Hobey Jabko
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Denise
Louis Mercier ...
Gallard
Glenn Cannon ...
Lt. Tafe (as Glen Cannon)
Michel Petit ...
Roger
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Pvt. Fergus
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Retrieving a downed pilot becomes even more nerve-wracking, because Lt. Hanley's battle-fatigued squad mistakenly shot the messenger who delivered the U.S. war hero pilot's whereabouts to them. Hanley doesn't want this mission, but he's assured that a grizzled Maquisard truck driver will transport them safely to the farm where French Resistance hide the wounded bomber pilot. Written by David Stevens

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13 November 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Episode marks 25-year old actress Maria Machado's first filmed role. See more »

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The Traitor
9 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

While bombing a railway at Roen, the bomber of Col. Hobey Jabko is hit and crashes. Jabko is considered missing in action since his whereabouts is unknown. A couple of months later, a man is shot in the front by Lt. Hanley's squad and before dying, he identifies himself as Lt. Tafe and tells where Jabko is. Lt. Hanley is assigned to rescue Col. Jabko in a French farm. The driver Gallard from the French underground takes Hanley, Caje, Braddock and Fergus hidden in his truck. When they stop at a German barrier, Fergus is wounded by a German soldier. When they arrive at the farmhouse, Col. Jabko learns that Lt. Tafe was killed by Hanley's squad and becomes irritated with him. Hanley learns that Denise, who is the farmer's niece, is in love with Jabko and does not want to let him go. Meanwhile Gallard returns to the farm and tells that there is an informer in the Maquis. Who might be the traitor?

"Missing in Action" is a flawed but good episode of "Combat!". The plot has many unclear points, such as (1) why Lt. Tate did not shout his name of the American soldiers? (2) Why Gallard did not inform the allied that Col. Jabko is alive? (3) Why Denise had to betray her family and friends? (4) Why Gallard did not kill Denise? My vote is eight.

Title (Brzil): "Desaparecido em Ação" ("Missing in Action")


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