Combat!: Season 3, Episode 16

The Enemy (5 Jan. 1965)

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Lt. Hanley comes across three German soldiers in a deserted French town. Two are killed and he captures the third...a demolition expert. He tells Hanley that the entire town is mined and ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
Michel Corhan ...
Louis Roche
Robert de Schene ...
Claude Roche
Kurt Landen ...
German #1
German #2
Sister Lescaut


Lt. Hanley comes across three German soldiers in a deserted French town. Two are killed and he captures the third...a demolition expert. He tells Hanley that the entire town is mined and booby trapped to kill American soldiers. When Hanley finds out there is no way to prevent the returning French population from reentering the town he forces the German to disarm the mines and traps at gunpoint. Hanley must be on constant guard because the German is very clever and always thinking of escape. Written by tomtrekp

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Release Date:

5 January 1965 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is a Hanley only episode. No one else from the squad appears. In fact, after his driver is killed at the beginning, he's the only American. The rest of the characters are either German or French. See more »


When the French man is seen holding his dying son, reflected studio lights are obvious in the bill of his cap. See more »

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Robert Duvall's 1st Combat! Performance
19 October 2011 | by (Mechanicsburg, PA) – See all my reviews

Robert Duvall made three appearances on Combat! ("The Enemy" - 5 January 1965, "Cry For Help" - 20 December 1966, and "The Partisan" - 14 Mar 1967), they were all good performances, and they were all good shows. Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley, and Robert Duvall as Karl are the quintessential protagonist and antagonist of drama, but one might reasonably argue which character is the protagonist and which is the antagonist. While there are five other characters in the show, they are purely supportive to Jason and Duvall who are the focus of the drama. As the two characters parry back and forth for the upper hand in their struggle to kill or capture the enemy, Duvall chooses to retire from the fight rather than take a chance on harming the civilian nun. As Karl essentially surrenders to Hanley, he tells the Sister, "You will always remember, Sister, that on this day, and on this place, you have deprived my Fatherland of one of it's most resourceful soldiers." Instead of ending the story there, however, the writers have Karl deliver one more line to Hanley which adds a nice flavor to the ending: "But, perhaps not Lieutenant, eh? There is still a little way to go before I reach your POW compound, nein?" Karl smiles at Hanley as they turn and go on their way. The last scene takes place on the arched bridge so familiar on many of the Combat! shows that were filmed on the MGM Backlot #2.

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