Combat! (1962–1967)
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No Trumpets, No Drums 

Experiencing extreme guilt, Caje neglects his duties to spend time with a young French girl whose father he accidentally killed in an assault on their village.





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Episode cast overview:
Lt. 'Gill' Hanley
Jack Hogan ...
William G. Kirby
Dick Peabody ...
Steven Rogers ...
Peter Balakoff ...
Frenchman (as Ted Roter)
Billy Beck ...
Nicky Blair ...
Andrea Darvi ...


During an assault on a French village, a Frenchman taking cover in a building is accidentally killed by a grenade thrown into a window by Pvt. Caje. While attempting to make the wounded man comfortable, he soon dies leaving Caje horrified and in a state of shock. Pressing the other villagers for information, he discovers the man had a young daughter whose mother was killed by the Germans leaving her now an orphan. Racked with guilt, he spends every waking moment with the girl while neglecting his squad and responsibilities until Sgt. Saunders, having lost patience, orders him to leave the girl behind and re-join the unit. A German counter-attack on the village is repulsed and Caje finally deals with his guilt by accepting Saunders' premise that "The War" killed the girl's father, not he. Written by Peter Gitta

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

14 May 1963 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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At the beginning, after Kirby shoots the German that was about to shoot Saunders, Saunders pulls the German's body off the L-shaped stone wall and the whole wall shakes, showing that it is not made of individual stones. See more »

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Superb Screen Writing, Acting, & Directing In A Combat Episode
1 August 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"No Trumpets, No Drums" is a story of great sadness involving war orphan Micheline (brilliantly played by Andrea Darvi.) Caje is on a roll beating up Germans every step of the way when he accidentally kills another Frenchman. He immediately goes into shock and cannot stop blaming himself. Sergeant Saunders does a terrific job of trying to mitigate circumstances surrounding the death. But Caje is still going through guilt and feels he must spend time with Micheline, the Frenchman's daughter, to help her through it all. Ironically, this is one episode where total truth is not warranted, somewhat awkward.

Dialog between Saunders and Caje is terrific, a testament to great screen writing by Ed Lakso. Dialog & interaction between Caje and Micheline is also outstanding. The 3 actors take over the show big time; you hardly notice any of the others. Pierre Jalbert should have gotten an Emmy nomination for this one. In real life you could tell he has a way with children.

Heavy artillery and combat scenes are prolific and outstanding, a tribute to the great special effects of coordinator A.D. Flowers.

Richard Donner directed a real gem in his only Combat credit. Scenes are very graphic and almost seem as though they could tell the story without words.

"No Trumpets, No Drums" is an emotionally moving episode guaranteed to touch anyone with a heart. And extremely well done! Great way to end the first season of the Combat series.

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