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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Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
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Karl
Michel Corhan ...
Louis Roche
Robert de Schene ...
Claude Roche
Kurt Landen ...
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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 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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2 September 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"The Enemy" is a story about an experienced, well trained German bomb specialist who's booby trapped an entire French village but who has also had a change of heart with respect to the primarily ill & aged returning population.

After a nun explains the impossibility of preventing an elderly population from returning to the village, Hanley agrees to let Karl (excellently played by Robert Duvall) disarm all of the mines he's planted in the village. Fully realizing he'll do anything to escape, Hanley must go along with Karl who's quite the weasel to keep him honest.

Rick Jason and Robert Duvall have excellent dialog and chemistry throughout; they're very entertaining in their quest to out think each other. Duvall displays a fine German accent and colorful personality while Jason counters his every move. The viewing audience learns first hand a variety of different booby traps, the psychology behind their implementation, and how to disarm them. Suspense levels remain high throughout. Steve Fisher wrote this enlightening story and Ed Lakso prepared it for television.

I remember seeing Robert Duvall in a number of other TV roles long before he reached his peak. "The Enemy" is definitely one of his better episodes. Right up to the very last scene, Duvall portrays a likable wise guy.


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