Combat!: Season 2, Episode 17

The Pillbox (7 Jan. 1964)

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While falling back under intense pressure from the attacking Germans, Lt. Hanley stops to help one of his men who is severely wounded. The Germans are advancing rapidly, so Hanley and his ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Jack Hogan ...
Conlan Carter ...
Henry Horman ...
Glenn Cannon ...
Paul Busch ...
Ray Baxter ...
German Trucker #1
Ed Deemer ...
German Trucker #2
Klimmer (as Joseph Turkel)
Albert Paulsen ...


While falling back under intense pressure from the attacking Germans, Lt. Hanley stops to help one of his men who is severely wounded. The Germans are advancing rapidly, so Hanley and his man take refuge in a vacant pillbox. As the rains begin to fall, Hanley attempts to head for his own lines, but is stopped when three German soldiers also enter the pillbox, making for a dramatic standoff. Hanley must make a decision to save his man and kill the Germans, or surrender himself. Written by Clintessence

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Action | Drama | War




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7 January 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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While Warren Oates was the nominal "guest star" of this episode, he did not receive any guest star credit in the opening titles, either by having his name shown in the slot reserved for guest stars or by the announcer speaking his name. See more »


At the beginning, the radio is passed from Hanley, to Saunders, to Kirby, who then pushes the antenna down. When Kirby gets up and leaves, the radio is gone. See more »

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The Pillbox
27 June 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"The Pillbox" is an excellent piece of WW2 drama in which a severely wounded Private Stark (excellently played by Warren Oates,) Lieutenant Hanley, and 3 German POW's are sheltered from rain and artillery fire inside a pillbox. The issue - is there a way to get Stark to medical aid on time considering the obstacle of the POW's, the rain, and most significantly the non-stop heavy artillery fire?

The beginning sequences are excellently done and give the viewer a taste of what an artillery laced battle scene really looks like; the dead animals, the GI's being blown to the ground by concussion, and the GI in shock after seeing a particular smoking object.

Rick Jason plays a strong roll as a very focused lieutenant dealing with persistent POW Dorfmann (well played by Albert Paulsen) along with all of the other things happening at the time.

Hats off to Warren Oates playing a role most do not want to tackle and doing a phenomenal job of it.

I'm critical of Paulsen's accent which sounded more Hispanic than German.

Vic Morrow did a fine job directing his first episode.

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