Combat!: Season 5, Episode 20

The Gantlet (7 Feb. 1967)

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Saunders is wounded, hounded by dogs, and finally captured and drugged.

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Cast

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Lt. Hanley (credit only)
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Sgt. Decker
Bill Glover ...
Sgt. Crandall
Tom Pace ...
Pvt. Jackson (as Tom P. Pace)
Peter Church ...
British Prisoner
Terence Mitchell ...
British Soldier (as Terrence Mitchell)
Horst Ebersberg ...
German with dog
Kurt Landen ...
German Doctor (as Kurt Landon)
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While traveling on an army truck they are ambushed by a patrol of German's who kill all on the truck with the exception of Sgt. Saunders who is taken prisoner. While being transported by train to a POW Camp with other POW's they manage to break out and escape. Saunders teams up with an English and American POW, Sgt. Decker [Tom Skerritt] and as they are making their getaway, they are tracked by German soldiers with an Alsatian dog. The Englishman dies and Decker is attacked by the Alsatian and mauled. Saunders kills the two handlers and the dog and manages to get away with Decker after changing into German uniforms. As they are escaping they run into a small party of German foragers and attempt to bluff their way past but Decker makes a run for it and Saunders is shot and captured again. He wakes in a German field hospital where a Doctor administers drugs to ease his pain. While there the area is shelled and, in a drug induced stupor, he steals a motorcycle and makes a run for it ... Written by Stevo15

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Combat jumps the shark on this one
11 January 2013 | by (Phoenix, Arizona, United States) – See all my reviews

As if there hadn't been enough implausible story lines by 1967, now Saunders is administered mind altering pain killers when he's wounded (for a change) and taken prisoner to a German field hospital.Then he manages to escape (of course) by hi-jacking a kraut motorcycle (of course) while the hospital comes under heavy American shelling. Speeding along wearing a captured German uniform during a barrage of heavy American shell fire through a wooded area bouncing over shell craters and managing to evade Germans on the run, Saunders is higher than the guy who must have written this cheesy script...laughing in a drug induced craze worthy of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in Easy Rider or otherwise trying to be trendy during the Sgt Pepper drugged out times that Combat was now finding itself in during its last season.


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