A GI bitterly recalls the events that put him in the hospital.

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Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
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Pvt. Jim Culley
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Blake
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A GI bitterly recalls the events that put him in the hospital.

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Action | Drama | War

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22 November 1966 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Fighting Two Wars at the Same Time
6 December 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"The Outsider" is a story about why drafting everyone who passes a physical is probably not a good idea, even in time of war.

Years of living below the poverty level and working ungodly hours just to survive have made Private Jim Culley (excellently played by Jason Evers) very bitter and antisocial. Jim just does not fit in the Army much the same way middleweight champ Rocky Graziano did not fit in the classic movie "Somebody Up There Likes Me." Just as Graziano spent one half of his life institutionalized up to the time he was drafted, Private Culley was sentenced to hard labor on a farm most of his. We don't know for certain; but given what Culley was up against, he probably didn't have much opportunity with school either. Life can be very frightening and frustrating for people like Culley.

Shirl Hendryx wrote a fine screenplay; excellent conflict is generated between Pvt. Culley and the squad. Dick Peabody did a fine job as Littlejohn; his good nature & optimism are contagious. Jack Hogan is vintage Kirby and I'd have liked to have seen one round between he & Culley. Given Culley's background, I'd bet ten to one on Culley. And William Bryant had a memorable "foot in mouth" moment as McCall.

There's a good amount of combat throughout the episode. I liked the great rooftop stunt work during the firefight. I'm critical of Culley using his rifle after it was hit in the breach area; no way. Also, the M-1 only held 8 shots and McCall shot the German 10 times in succession. There is however a good amount of combat throughout the episode.

I found "The Outsider" entertaining yet sad at the same time. I give it 9 stars of 10.


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