Combat!: Season 4, Episode 3

S.I.W. (28 Sep. 1965)

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An already-controversial replacement adds to his reputation for cowardice by turning up with an apparent Self-Inflicted Wound.

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Lt. Hanley (credit only)
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Kalb
Jack Hogan ...
Pierre Jalbert ...
Dick Peabody ...
Conlan Carter ...
Doc
William Stevens ...
Fleming
Paul Sheriff ...
Sawyer
Mike Krempels ...
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A soldier who reputedly got two other squads annihilated through his own cowardice it transferred to Saunders' squad. During a fierce firefight with a group of Germans Cobb [John Cassavetes] is wounded and the Doc tells Saunders that there are powder burns on his pants which seem to indicate the wound is self afflicted. Cobb claims he had a hand to hand fight with a German soldier wearing glasses and that is how the wound happened. Fleming who landed at Omaha Beach with Cobb claims that he is lying and urges Saunders to lay charges against Cobb for cowardice. Cobb claims the German must have crawled away before dying and Saunders decides to look for the German Cobb claims to have killed. As they start to leave the village they are attacked by Germans and during the fire fight Cobb tries to launch his own offensive against them to take the heat off the others. As they mop up Saunders finds a German soldier wearing the same glasses that Cobb described with a bayonet in his back, just as... Written by Stevo15

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I'm Innocent; I Swear, I'm Innocent
11 October 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"S.I.W." is a story about Private Kalb (excellently played by John Cassavetes) who joins White Rook as a replacement only to run into a former comrade Private Fleming (excellently played by William Stevens) from Omaha Beach, who accuses him of cowardice. Early on a questionable combat situation arises in which Kalb is put under the microscope by Kirby in front of The Sarge and Fleming.

Shirl Hendryx wrote a fine screenplay in that volatile conflict is created between both Fleming & Kalb and Saunders & Fleming. A little while later White Rook enters a bombed out French village and walks into a German ambush. Kalb is wounded in the fight and when he's attended to by Doc, self inflicted wound evidence surfaces. Fleming is all eyes & ears and tempers flare.

Overall, combat scenes are excellent. I'm only critical of 1 German ambush scene in which they appear to have the sniper ability of F - Troops' Private Vanderbilt. Director Peyser could've been a little bit more creative to make the scene more realistic.

As the accused John Cassavetes dramatically plays his role to the hilt as Private Kalb, especially with Fleming hanging on like an overly tenacious bulldog. Private Kalb emphatically denies S.I.W. charges and tries to explain himself in everyone's presence. The squad's countenances are priceless; especially Doc whose blank expression almost makes one laugh.

Who's telling the truth ?

The viewing audience is in for a real treat in "S.I.W." Actors Morrow, Cassavetes, & Stevens put on a real show.


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