Combat!: Season 4, Episode 17

The Mockingbird (4 Jan. 1966)

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Lt. Hanley, Caje, Kirby, and Pvt. Banning are sent behind German lines to find an American intelligence officer, Capt. Thorpe, who has important intelligence to get back to American G2. A ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
Jeremy Slate ...
Lt. Asher
Jack Hogan ...
Pierre Jalbert ...
Jacques Roux ...
George Brenlin ...
Pvt. Banning
Nelson Welch ...
Hans Difflipp ...
Col. Richter
Felix Locher ...
Brother Jasper
Raikin Ben-Ari ...
Monk (as Ben-Ari)
Jean Del Val ...
Brother Edmundo
Kurt Landen ...
Sgt. Mueller
Mark Russi ...
German Soldier
George Michaelides ...


Lt. Hanley, Caje, Kirby, and Pvt. Banning are sent behind German lines to find an American intelligence officer, Capt. Thorpe, who has important intelligence to get back to American G2. A German spy masquerades as a downed American flyer, Lt. Asher, with the intention of infiltrating and destroying the local French underground. He bails out of his American Mustang, but instead of getting picked up by the French underground, he is met by Hanley and his men. Asher initially feigns a sprained ankle and wants to wait for the French instead of going with Hanley. Then he learns Thorpe is has important information to get back, and he decides to go with Hanley's men. When a German patrol passes nearby, Asher, makes a noise to alert the Germans, and a firefight ensues. During the firefight, Asher and Pvt. Banning are behind the others, and Asher uses the opportunity to kill Banning, but he only manages to wound Thorpe instead of killing him. Throughout the rest of the episode, Asher continues ... Written by David Wile

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4 January 1966 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The Mockingbird
24 October 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"The Mockingbird" is a story of suspense & intrigue when a German spy, Lieutenant Asher (played by Jeremy Slate) gets sidetracked from his original mission to infiltrate the French underground. After hooking up with Lieutenant Hanley odd events keep happening until eventually great suspicion must be investigated.

Interesting to note "The Mockingbird" was written by Reverend Thomas A. Conway and heavily involves a monastery and it's occupants. One cannot help thinking it's based on a true story.

The story flows; the plot is realistic. But it lacks too much with respect to actual Combat. In addition, no one really steps it up in the field of actors. And what could be more dull than a monastery for a setting. Jeremy Slate plays a real snake in the grass but with little emotion or pizazz. It's hard to imagine what Teleplayists' Esther & Bob Mitchell could have done to adapt "The Mockingbird" to make it more interesting. Without outstanding acting, suspense & intrigue do not cut it.

Director Peyser did a good job with what he had to work with and the scenes are realistic. The ending is fun to watch.

But this episode just did not keep my interest very well.

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