Like "The Party," this is another episode strictly for laughs. The squad is sent to evacuate the French village of Bonaire, but the villagers do not want to evacuate. The village's main ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
Jack Hogan ...
Conlan Carter ...
Dick Peabody ...
Pierre Jalbert ...
Billy Beck ...
Danielle Beausejour ...
Danielle Aubry ...
Jean-Michel Michenaud ...
French Boy (as Gerald Michenaud)
Susan Silo ...


Like "The Party," this is another episode strictly for laughs. The squad is sent to evacuate the French village of Bonaire, but the villagers do not want to evacuate. The village's main industry is the production of cognac, and they do not want any "foreigners" to interfere. They disguise the distillery as a monastery, and they proceed to hide the cognac in a nearby cave without the squad members finding out. It's all tongue in cheek instead of the usual drama of firefights and terror. Like "The Party," three good looking gals are featured in this episode, and Danielle Aubry plays one of the gals in both episodes. The cat and mouse escapades of the French villagers continue to the end, and the only shot fired is early in the episode when Hanley uses his carbine to get the villagers' attention. Written by David Wile

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

22 December 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The mayor in the jeep is explaining what happened. At 21:36 Hanley says "you really thought you'd get away with it?" Cage's arm is up across his chest. At 21:39, as the mayor is speaking and the shot goes from Hanley to the mayor, Cage's arm is now resting on his knee. See more »

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Rare Funny "Combat"
17 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Combat!" starring Vic Morrow and Rick Jason, following a squad of soldiers from D-Day through their eternal slog through France, was often unremittingly grim. But like other shows of its era, it lightened up occasional with a flash of humor. "The Town that Went Away" -- starring an hilarious Jay Novello and the lovely Susan Silo -- was a comedic gem.

In a storyline similar to the later novel and movie "The Secret of Santa Vittoria" Mayor Lejeune (Novello) tries to keep World War II from entering his town to preserve the town's store of its wonderful cognac.

When Lt. Hanley (Jason) and his squad are ordered to evacuate the town, Lejeune and his townsfolk, including his daughter Annice (Silo), having seen what happens to other towns that get evacuated, try any way they can to keep the Americans out. The first indication that this episode is a comedy is a pre-credit sequence where the mayor and a friend are altering road signs.

The French know they can't keep the Americans out forever. Disguising the winery as a monastery and having the townsfolk dress as monks, they delay the Americans long enough to transfer the cognac to the caves outside of town beneath their monk robes.

Then they learn the Americans have come to blow up a pass to keep the Germans out. And the cave full of wine is in that pass. How do Lt. Hanley and Mayor Lejeune save the day -- and the wine? This episode is a delight from start to finish, mainly due to Novello and Silo. It's worth a peek even if you aren't a fan of war shows.

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