Combat!: Season 2, Episode 1

The Bridge at Chalons (17 Sep. 1963)

TV Episode  -   -  Action | Drama | War
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 36 users  
Reviews: 3 user

The squad faces elimination by Heer troops and even worse, an ultra-caustic demo expert who refuses to let Saunders guide their sortie behind German lines to destroy a bridge. The 2 ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 31 titles
created 30 Nov 2012
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Bridge at Chalons (17 Sep 1963)

The Bridge at Chalons (17 Sep 1963) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Combat!.
« Previous Episode | 33 of 152 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Jack Hogan ...
Pierre Jalbert ...
Tom Lowell ...
Dick Peabody ...
Conlan Carter ...
Doc
...
Capt. McQuillan (as Lee Kreiger)
...
Wilkerson
Rudy Hansen ...
German Leader (as Rudy Hanson)
Peter Hellman ...
German
Kurt Landen ...
Other German (as Kurt Landon)
Donald Ein ...
Matthias Uitz ...
1st German Cyclist (as Mathias Uitz)
Edit

Storyline

The squad faces elimination by Heer troops and even worse, an ultra-caustic demo expert who refuses to let Saunders guide their sortie behind German lines to destroy a bridge. The 2 battling Sergeants trade icy glares, and contrary orders, while the infantry try everything to avoid combat with Nazis because the dog-faces must put eliminating the bridge above all else. The explosives noncom's unending contempt bruises even the calloused egos of Saunders' combat vets. Which explodes first - the bridge or the mission ? Written by David Stevens

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 September 1963 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Sgt Saunders gets into the river to lay charges under a bridge. After he emerges from the water, he tends to Sgt Turk but is now completely dry. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bridge At Chalons
8 June 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

I'm a little disappointed in this episode as I felt the directing was noticeably weak. The principals deserved better. A jack rabbit would have been somewhat believable but the logistics of the hill in relation to the German soldiers were not. My observation is our squad would have been easily seen moving on that hill.

The dropping of the fuse line was even less believable; almost as if it appeared to be thrown down in the middle of the road instead of dropped while running to take cover.

Sergeant Saunders told Sergeant Turk (excellently played by Lee Marvin) we would have taken the German patrol when Littlejohn was under cover. My observation is Littlejohn had far, far more than enough time to hide behind the brush.

Turk threatens to have Kirby court-martialled for grabbing his upper arm and shoving him back in a heated moment of Littlejohn's defense when he pulls the detonators out of his top pocket. I did not find this believable as the entire squad would have stuck up for Kirby and pointed out how unbearable of a person Turk was. The detonators were perfectly safe in his top pocket. Instant mitigation.

The cemetery scene was excellent overall except that was not Kirby's Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) firing. It sounded like an M-1 and fired semi-automatically.

Lee Marvin did an excellent job of playing the antagonist as he definitely made me detest him.

Corporal McQuillan (played by Lee Krieger) had cover behind thick bush when he heard the German scooping the water. There was no need to sneak up and try to take him. Hide in the bush and take him with a knife from behind as he passes if he takes him at all.

The story and plot were excellently conceived and again, they deserved better directing.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Things I've learned from watching Combat srubin5190
'Combat - The Complete Series' DVD Set davidwile
Rick Jason 'talking out of the RIGHT side of his mouth' rs203618
CONCRETE RING around the set ? rs203618
The most unrealistic aspect of COMBAT! jarnoldfan
What was the RANGE of an accurate Rflle Shot? rs203618
Discuss The Bridge at Chalons (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?