The squad has to cope with three 40-something replacements on a patrol to snatch a German captive.


(as George J. Fenady)

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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Hanley (credit only)
Pvt. Clawson
Jack Hogan ...
Pvt. Fisher
Paul Busch ...
Norbert Siegfried ...
German #1
William Harlow ...
GI Jeep Driver
Pvt. Todd
Pvt. Barnhill


Three replacements - one limping, one homesick for his family and one green wannabee politician, join the squad as they go out on a reconnaissance patrol. After taking a German prisoner for information purposes, the squad is chased by a large German patrol and take refuge in an abandoned farm house. One of the replacements, Pvt Clawson [Simon Oakland] is wounded while trying to take out the German machine gun. The other two Pvt Todd [Tom Drake] and Pvt Barnhill [William Phipps] aid Sgt Saunders to kill the balance of the Germans after which the squad heads for home with their prisoner. Written by Stevo15

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

16 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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At the end, Saunders asks Clawson how his leg is, and Clawson says it's OK, but that his head is killing him. Reaction shots of some squad members, including Barnhill, are shown, but Barnhill had been sent by Saunders to check on the Germans. and he had already left. See more »

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Very Average Combat Episode
17 October 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"The Old Men" is a story about 3 aging replacements and their effect on White Rook. Private Clauson (excellently played by Simon Oakland) is the dominant one who constantly has to show he can out do the younger troops. His interaction with Kirby is excellent and it's a funny gut reaction realizing the usual rough house Kirby will not mess with Clauson. The other replacements are more mundane to watch. Their development is lacking even though they have dialog.

Sergeant Saunders plays the "gentleman respect your elder" role with all 3 but finally has to jump on Clauson for overdoing it. In addition he has to bring the politician Private Todd (played by Tom Drake) back to reality late in the episode. It's interesting to note Private Barnhill (played by William Phipps) is still around at age 92 ! Also, Paul Busch plays a significant role as the German corporal.

The viewing audience gets a good combat scene toward the end; but once again Director Fenady allowed the Germans to look too pitiful and useless in their marksmanship. A very average episode.

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