Combat!: Season 3, Episode 31

Odyssey (20 Apr. 1965)

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Sgt. Saunders is wounded and trapped behind enemy lines while trying to provide cover for Doc and Caje as they take a wounded Little John back to their lines. Saunders wakes in a German ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Conlan Carter ...
Doc
Dick Peabody ...
Pierre Jalbert ...
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Sgt. Weber
Teno Pollick ...
Pfc. Loring
Peter Coe ...
Orderly
Sasha Harden ...
SS Lieutenant
Maurice Marsac ...
French Peasant
Ivan Triesault ...
Werner Pochath ...
German Teenager Soldier (as Paul Werner)
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Gaines
Larry Billman ...
Reiter
Maria Monti ...
French Peasant (as Marika Monti)
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Sgt. Saunders is wounded and trapped behind enemy lines while trying to provide cover for Doc and Caje as they take a wounded Little John back to their lines. Saunders wakes in a German Field Hospital to find that a French worker has put him in German clothes to prevent him being shipped to a POW Camp. As a result he tries to escape by passing himself off as a shell shocked German soldier. Placed on a train going to the German rear with a German officer who considers many of the wounded as malingerers, Saunders and a captured American flyer manage to jump from the train and escape. As they try to make their way back to their lines the flyer is shot and killed by a German patrol and Saunders is taken with them. He is befriended by a veteran German sergeant who is convinced he is a wounded Afrika Corps soldier and decides to look after him. As they are travelling to their destination they are ambushed by Americans who are looking for prisoners and information and, in the fire fight that... Written by Stevo15

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Great Character Development In A Combat Episode
5 September 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"Odyssey" is a story of survival & escape behind Gerrman lines which outstandingly portrays the human side of friends & enemies.

While providing cover for his squad during a brutal firefight and heavy artillery attack, Sergeant Saunders is injured and awakens in a German field hospital. Noticing he's in a German uniform, Saunders listens to and visually absorbs everything going on around him. It doesn't take long for him to see he's dealing with a miserable orderly (excellently played by Peter Coe) who thinks he's faking injury. The Frenchman who placed him in a German uniform manages to explain the scenario to both Saunders and the German doctor in charge. The Sarge is put on a train along with several American POW's and Orderly Peter Coe. When the time is right, Saunders escapes off the train into the woods with PFC Loring (played by Teno Pollick.)

Screen Writer Anthony Wilson did a fine job with "Odyssey." The plot is very believable and creates a lot of suspense. Within the story I appreciate the human character development both good and evil. Orderly Peter Coe is so convincing you wish they'd have written in a lights out Saunders' right cross to his jaw as part of the escape sequence. The German doctor is a kindly fellow who has a genuine concern for the sick and wounded. Teno Pollick plays a sensitive naïve pacifist to the hilt. Sasha Harden portrays a vicious SS Lieutenant while Bert Freed is excellent as the decent Sergeant Weber who has genuine empathy for people.

The opening sequence is a terrific collusive effort between Director Alan Crosland Jr. and legendary Special Effects Coordinator A. D. Flowers. It's amazing no one was seriously hurt filming this. The archival footage is as good as it gets and even the Fourth of July pales by comparison. All stunt people involved are superb; without them you could not have such a great scene.

The ending sequence is very moving from a humanistic standpoint and reminds the viewer of what a huge tragedy war is.


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