Combat!: Season 4, Episode 5

The Farmer (12 Oct. 1965)

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Iowa-bred Private Noah is troubled when the squad forcibly evacuates a French farm family.



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Episode cast overview:
Jack Hogan ...
Pierre Jalbert ...
Dick Peabody ...
Conlan Carter ...
Felix Locher ...
Old French Farmer
Belle Mitchell ...
Old French Woman
Dina Harmsen ...
French Girl
Anthony Aiello ...


After some elderly farmers are forced to evacuate their farm for fear of a potential German advance, the squad uses their farm as a patrol base. One of the squad, Private Noah, is from rural Iowa and he decides to finish planting the crop the farmers were working on so that it will be in before the rains come. Lieutenant Hanley returns from HQ to advise that they have decided to send out a patrol to bring in a prisoner to try to find information on the German plans. So that the Private can keep planting Little John volunteers to go on the patrol but he is suffering from blistered feet and struggles to keep up with the others on the patrol. After they capture a prisoner, Littlejohn is shot by a pursuing German soldier and some of the others blame the Private for not going on the patrol. After the German is interrogated, they learn that the enemy is planning a counterattack and the squad is ordered to leave the farm and set up defensive positions nearby. Private Noah hears the farm's ... Written by Stevo15

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12 October 1965 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The shot heard round the world
24 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching Littlejohn limp along, because of the hole in the sole of one of his boots, was very painful to watch. Isn't Littlejohn from a Nebraska farm? Why he didn't stay behind, instead of Noah, is beyond me. Story line purposes, obviously.

Even though Jo Davidsmeyer gave this episode only 1 (out of 4) bayonets in her book, "A Viewer's Guide to ... Combat!", personally I give it 4 bayonets; or 10 here on IMDb. This could be the cow lover in me, though. If I was in the character Noah's place, I probably would not have left the squad to help out the cow and her new born calf, but it would have pained me to hear the calf bawling. I helped birth a calf once on my uncle's farm, so I can relate.

I would, however, have acted the same way Noah did at the very end. To me, killing people is bad enough, but to see the "Krauts" shoot the mother cow is just incomprehensible. And how fitting was it that while looking down at Noah's dead body, Doc started reciting a farmer's poem with the Sarge saying the famous line, "And fired the shot heard round the world."

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