An exasperated Hanley finds himself saddled with a 13-year-old French orphan who wants to join the squad.





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Episode cast overview:
Steven Rogers ...
Jack Hogan ...
Dick Peabody ...
Serge Prieur ...
Kurt Lewin ...
Ed Gilbert ...
Veronique ...
Nadine Arlyn ...


An exasperated Hanley finds himself saddled with a 13-year-old French orphan who wants to join the squad.

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

22 January 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The cigarette Sgt. Saunders smokes after Lt. Hanley has been placed on the stretcher changes length between close-ups and long shots. See more »

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Good work from Altman
8 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another fine episode by Altman, with good p.o.v. shots throughout, especially from the perspective of the young Frenchman, Gilbert, who tries to join the troops. The forest scenes are well handled, with spinning camera-work framing the chaos of both situations and mental states. In the end, when the orphan boy kills the German soldier who had shown him kindness, and who had spoken to him of his family, his sense of confusion is finely handled, and the fade gives a brilliant encapsulation of the face of war ravaged France. Interesting is a running thread of fine art used as symbolism throughout--from the print of Raphael's "Sistine Madonna" on the wall of Gilbert's house (ironic on multiple levels, of course, because not only is the picture in Dresden, and escaped the bombardment by the Allies, but it also features in Ingres's "Vow of Louis XIV" in Montauban Cathedral, a symbol of French lineage and divine authority). In the end, framed by the cross above the bed, and the Raphael on the wall, it is clear that Gilbert will choose pacifism over combat.

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