Combat!: Season 3, Episode 13

The Long Walk (15 Dec. 1964)

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Saunders, Doc, and Littlejohn are cut off from their lines when they are joined by Fox Company's Sgt. Larkin who is also cut off. While figuring out which is the best way to get back to ... See full summary »

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Lt. Hanley (credit only)
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Conlan Carter ...
Doc
Dick Peabody ...
William Bryant ...
Larkin
Maurice Marsac ...
Armand
Peter Brocco ...
Lambert
Chris Howard ...
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Saunders, Doc, and Littlejohn are cut off from their lines when they are joined by Fox Company's Sgt. Larkin who is also cut off. While figuring out which is the best way to get back to their lines, they come under fire from a wounded GI behind a 30 caliber MG who is shouting that he knows they are really Germans in GI uniforms. Saunders manages to get behind the shooter and knock him out for a few minutes. His dog tags indicate he is Pvt. Henry Murfree, and he has a shrapnel wound in his leg. Murfree continues to protest his suspicion that Saunders and his men are really Germans and part of Klepner's Raiders who are infiltrating Allied lines in GI uniforms. In fact, it is really Murfree who is the infiltrator as he feigns a Southern accent and persuades Saunders to head south instead of east to find the Allied lines. Murfree is actually the German Capt. Klepner who is also cut off and wants to trick Saunders and his men to carry him to his own men in a village some miles to the south... Written by David Wile

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Intelligence Versus Counterintelligence
2 August 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"The Long Walk" is a story of suspense and intrigue revolving around Private Henry Murfree (superbly played by Roddy McDowall.) Murfree turns an air cooled machine gun on Saunder's squad thinking they're Germans in disguise. Both Saunder's squad and Sergeant Larkin (played by William Bryant) have been cut off from their companies. Saunders decides to take Murfree alive thinking he's a paranoid afraid of German infiltrators. With his deep southern accent, Murfree seems very American.

The smell of German infiltration is in the air. After moving into a nearby farm house, the squad learns about Klepner's Raiders from its owner as they've been active in the area.

Screen Writer Peter Barry did an outstanding job; the script is very well thought out and believable. Roddy McDowall shows his glibness as an actor. Character development is excellent, each actor doing their part. Suspense levels are high and "The Long Walk" will force you to think.

The opening archival artillery footage is among the best of the entire Combat series, 30 seconds worth.

The ending is beautifully executed and leaves the viewer in a happy frame of mind.


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