"The Ringer" is a story about a young G.I. Private Arthur Adams (well played by Mart Hulswit) who is desperate to make good in combat action.
Gene Coon & Del Carnes put together a fine story and Coon adapted it for television. There's plenty of combat and the beginning sequence reruns some excellent heavy artillery fire. Adams makes a couple of major mistakes along the way and The Sarge begins to smell something fishy. It's somewhat amusing in that the viewing audience who are familiar with Sergeant Chip Saunders will probably look forward to the chewing out to follow. Ultimately the truth comes out and one can see the logical and illogical side of the same scenario.
Michael Caffey directed a fine episode; the ending combat scene was extremely well done. Hats off to the stunt men playing the Germans; you could not have an excellent episode without their consistently great efforts.
The ending sequence is priceless and features the right outcome for all of the wrong reasons. Reminded me of Anthony Perkins in the 1956 movie Fear Strikes Out when he cannot stand the noise next door. Mart Hulswit is fun to watch in this memorable ending. I've always been sympathetic to those put into pressure situations by their families.
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