While Mickey Rooney and Claudine Longet are the guest stars, this is Jack Hogan's chance to shine as Kirby. It begins with Kirby being sent back to town to recuperate from some minor injury...
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While Mickey Rooney and Claudine Longet are the guest stars, this is Jack Hogan's chance to shine as Kirby. It begins with Kirby being sent back to town to recuperate from some minor injury. While there, he meets GI Harry White who is a truck driver who uses dirty dice to cheat other GIs. Harry has been running his dirty dice game when Kirby spots the dirty dice and tells the other players. Harry manages to skip out just as the town is hit with an artillery barrage. A shell shocked Kirby manages to get out of town and later comes across Harry White whose truck has run out of gas. Harry takes up with Kirby to get back to their own lines, but he insists on carrying a huge Sterling silver service set with him. Along the way, they pick up Claudette and her ailing grandfather, and all four must travel through cold and snow to evade the Germans on their way to safety. Harry is concerned only with his war booty, and Claudette's concern is for her grandfather who is unable to walk and must be... Written by
"Silver Service" is a story about a petty little man whose insecurities drive him to always be one up on the rest of the world. Harry White (excellently played by Mickey Rooney) cheats at dice, forces himself on women, and is the epitome of the expression "Look out for # 1." In true fashion he never shuts up or lets others get a word in edgewise, a real pain in the neck.
Kirby and Caje have hitched a ride with White and make it into town where they can get hot showers and new uniforms. That evening, White takes off with his delivery truck which is low on gasoline. While everyone sleeps, the Germans decimate the town with heavy artillery fire. Kirby makes it out alive but shell shocked. He later runs into White on the road and they come calling at the home of Charles Gireaux (played by Ramon Novarro) and granddaughter Claudette (played by Claudine Longet.) When the Germans break through and infiltrate the area, the four must head for the nearest American held town. Harry White insists on bringing his heavy load along and is fiercely loyal to it.
It must have been exciting for Jack Hogan to act beside Rooney and Longet, a real opportunity for him. And he definitely holds his own in the trio. Longet is the strong one in the group and helps out Rooney when he doesn't deserve it. Rooney plays his role to the hilt right up to the ending sequence, in which he balances out his petty life.
Special effects coordinator A.D. Flowers did his usual excellent job as the town is decimated.
The episode focused too much on Harry White and not enough in line with the essence of Combat, but was well acted.
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