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




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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Hanley (credit only)
Sgt. Decker
William Glover ...
Sgt. Crandall (as Bill Glover)
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)


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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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

7 February 1967 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Tom Skerritt's sixth and final appearance. He played different characters each time, sometimes uncredited. See more »


At night, while trying to escape, a wounded and drugged Saunders crashes the motorcycle and lands with his head right by the spinning front wheel. In the morning, Saunders is still unconscious, but his head is a couple feet from the wheel, which is on a log, so it couldn't have been spinning right after the crash. See more »

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Vintage Vic Morrow on Combat
15 December 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"The Gantlet" is the essence of Sergeant Chip Saunders; persistence, determination, & undaunted bravery that never quits.

After being ambushed and taken prisoner by the Germans, the Sarge confronts one obstacle after another including cowardice on our side.

Paul Playdon & Bob Frederick wrote a fine screenplay centered around Saunders and highlighting reasons the viewing audience admire and respect him. Vic Morrow puts on a show amidst all odds with Sergeant Decker (excellently played by Tom Skerrit) as his antagonist. "The Gantlet" features a great canine scene and some excellent stunt work by Earl Parker, Vic Morrow's stunt double. Clever interlude gives us insight on the effects of morphine in humans. See if you can pick out the 2 separate & distinct uncredited cameos by favorite German Paul Busch within the episode.

Michael Caffey's superb direction is highlighted by several great close-ups including the canine & morphine scenes. His collusion with A.D. Flowers for night artillery fire is outstanding - Mr. Flowers must have loved putting this episode together.

The ending sequence with Sergeant Decker confronting the Sarge is priceless! Very, very entertaining episode to say the least.

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