Combat!: Season 4, Episode 11

Soldier of Fortune (23 Nov. 1965)

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Pinned under a beam, Pvt. Andy Marsh claims he has valuable intelligence--that will go back with him or not at all.

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Lt. Hanley (credit only)
Burt Brinckerhoff ...
Pvt. Andy Marsh
Ed Deemer ...
German Lt.
Race Gentry ...
Karl (as John Gentri)
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Rudi
Ernst Winters ...
German Soldier
Nickolaus Kopp ...
German (as Nikolaus Kopp)
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Pvt. Ed Wallace
Wesley Lau ...
Meyer
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Sgt Saunders takes two men with him to infiltrate a German held town in an endeavour to tap into the German telephone system. During a bombardment of the town Pvt Andy Marsh [Burt Brinckerhoff] their German speaking telephone linesman is partially buried in the cellar they are using to tap the telephone wiring. They manage to capture the three German telephonists from the floor able and use them to free Marsh but two of the Germans are killed while trying to escape. Marsh has overheard one of the telephone conversations and tells Saunders he has valuable information in an attempt to make sure that Saunders and Pvt Wallace [William Campbell] get him out. Using the surviving German soldier, Meyer [Wesley Lau] they fight their way out of the town pursued by a truck load of Germans. Meyer tries to convince Saunders that Marsh has no information whilst Marsh tells them that the 6th Panzer Group are to make a surprise attack. While trying to make their escape Meyer tries to warn the ... Written by Stevo15

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It's How You Finish That Counts !
17 October 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"Soldier Of Fortune" is a story about an American Intelligence gathering mission in which the goal is to tap into German phone lines to procure information.

The Sarge leads communications expert Private Andy Marsh (well played by Bert Brinckerhoff) and Private Ed Wallace (well played by William Campbell) into the heart of a German communications outpost. Once in the basement of the outpost, Pvt. Marsh goes to work.

George Slavin wrote a fine screenplay in which there's excellent character development between all 3 and later with the German Meyer (well played by Wesley Lau.) Solid conflict is generated between Wallace, Saunders, & Marsh; and Meyer is cleverly used as a catalyst to heighten it. Mr. Slavin really thought this one out. The viewing audience gets some excellent night heavy artillery fire along the way and a lack of early combat is compensated for at the end. The escape is well done and very believable generating more suspense along the way.

Director Sutton Roley did a fine job in the opening sequence. Camera angles are ideal for generating suspense as the trio permeates the communications outpost.

"Soldier Of Fortune" begins slow. But once the action picks up, momentum builds until the end. Excellent episode !


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