A bitter, antagonistic replacement whom none of Saunders' men can stand (with good reason) is wounded and pinned down by German snipers...who use him to try and lure his fellow Americans into their ambush.
Saunders gets a replacement, Mason, who is completely self-centered and detestable, and he immediately antagonizes everyone in the squad. While on a mission, they are caught in the open with little cover, and they are pinned down by a well entrenched German infantry supported by a machine gun. Mason, badly wounded and unable to get himself to cover, is used by the Germans to tempt the Americans to expose themselves by trying to rescue him. The other GIs are posed with the ethical decision of leaving him behind or risking their lives trying to save the detestable Mason. It is highly dramatic to watch as one GI after another comes to grips with his own ethics and makes the decision to risk his own life trying to save Mason - not because of any redeeming value in Mason, but because of their own humanity. Written by
The Glory Among Men is a story about whether or not it's worth risking extra lives to save one. One of the squad's more undesirable men Mason (played by Eddie Ryder,) is wounded and pinned down after the squad is ambushed. To save him is to commit suicide; but in our compassionate way we try anyway.
Vic Morrow directed a superb episode here and I liked his using music from some of the old half hour westerns to denote extreme danger scenes. I even detected some music used in the old Sea Hunt series from the mid 1950's as well. If I did not know it was Vic Morrow, I would have guessed Bernie McEveety directed this. There's a lot of fire fight throughout, the essence of Combat. And the night scenes are terrific lighting up the battleground.
Character development is excellent with Peter Helm, Eddie Ryder, and Bernard Kates as Laslo, Mason, and Hacker respectively. Without their strong performances, the episode would not have been successful.
Laslo puts on a fine performance as a young irrational GI while Mason is excellent as the whining, wounded bait.
Hacker and Bauer (played by Paul Busch) have a great scene denoting why the Americans refer to the Germans as doves sometimes during radio communication.
Saunders, Kirby, Caje, Littlejohn, and Doc put together the game plan based on what they think the Germans are least expecting. And I must admit I would agree with their foregoing logic and plan.
Great episode !!
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