Hanley, Saunders, Kirby, and Caje are to meet a French resistance fighter, Dupre, who will take them to his leader, Lambrelle, to make arrangements for an air drop of supplies to be used by the resistance to blow up five objectives in the next 48 hours. There is a problem, however. Dupre has been killed by a German, and an escaped French convict, Boulanger, has taken Dupre's clothes and papers and assumed his identity in the hope of making his own escape to Switzerland. Boulanger meets the GIs, tells them he is Dupre and will take them to Lambrelle. Before they can start, however, Hanley is accidently wounded in his thigh by a French locomotive engineer who mistakes the GIs for escaped convicts. Hanley is sent back to their company HQ while Saunders, Kirby, and Caje continue on the mission. After taking the GIs the wrong way and making other mistakes, Boulanger is finally suspected by Saunders as being an escaped convict rather than Dupre. They take Boulanger's rifle, tie his hands ... Written by
"The Convict" is a story of stolen identity used to bring out truth and reconciliation.
Hanley, Saunders, Caje, and Kirby are looking for Andre Dupre, a French Resistance fighter who will take them to his boss Lambrelle to pinpoint locations for air drop of supplies to be used by the Resistance to blow up five American objectives. Dupre is killed by a German and seeing opportunity, Boulanger (excellently played by Gilbert Roland) decides to steal his identity. Upon rendezvousing with the squad, Boulanger leads them toward his escape in Switzerland as opposed to Lambrelle. Boulanger makes a huge mistake en route and Saunders picks up on his true intention. He takes Boulanger prisoner suspecting he's an escaped convict. When they run into Boulanger's son Pierre, the tide changes as Pierre agrees to take them to Lambrelle believing his father to be innocent.
Screen writers Kay Lenard & Jess Carneol did an excellent job in that the story is very plausible. It's almost as if they worked backwards from truth & reconciliation to the beginning identity theft. It takes real creativity to conceive a story like "The Convict." The old man on the train tells of the escaped convicts while Pierre intercedes to change direction and get the squad to their objective. And Bernard McEveety takes care of his specialty in the superb ending sequence which effectively binds the episode together.
By the way, maybe our troops should practice knife throwing. In times of war it can be extremely useful.
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