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Nina Papeeto
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During the liberation of an Italian town D'Angelo is reunited with an old friend, 'Goldbrick' Gilmartin. After the liberation they camp near town and the two friends get passes and go to the nearest saloon. Gilmartin and D'Angelo meet two women and to Gilmartin she's just another doll but D'Angelo falls head over heels in love with his. Captain Benedict is alarmed when D'Angelo wants to sign over his GI insurance to her. Written by tomtrekp

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11 June 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE GALLANT MEN : Advance and be Recognized 1962

"The Gallant Men" was an American television series that debuted on ABC in the fall of 1962. It followed a company of US soldiers from the Sept 1943 invasion at Salerno, and their battles up the boot of Italy. The series ran for a total of 26 episodes during 1962-63. Leading the cast is Robert McQueeney, who also narrates the story. McQueeney is a newspaper reporter who follows the company on their exploits. (Sort of an Ernie Pyle clone) The rest of the regulars are played by, William Reynolds, Robert Ridgely, Francis X Slattery, Eddie Fontaine, Roland La Starza, Roger Davis and Robert Gothie. There are the standard types sprinkled throughout, the joker, the card sharp, the loner etc. This is the 13th episode.

The company as just had a knockdown, drag-out, firefight with several un-friendly groups of Germans. The company is sent back to get some rest and recreation. Of course the men flock to the local village looking for wine and a bit of female company.

Pals, Eddie Fontaine and Terry Becker hit a tavern hoping to score. The two pick up a pair of local women, Mignone Gret and Pamela Grey. Fontaine falls hard for Miss Grey and spends as much time with her as possible. After several days of swapping spit with the pretty wench, Fontaine decides to sign over his G.I. insurance to the woman.

His pal, Becker, tells the soldier that he is being played for a sucker. Needless to say, this causes a falling out between the friends. After a dust up between the two is broken up by company Sgt, Francis X Slattery, Fontaine gets himself assigned to night sentry duty.

This leads to Becker getting himself shot by Fontaine, when he stumbles back to camp that night. The MP's quickly grab up Fontaine and charge him with attempted murder. Becker recovers after a stint in the hospital and refuses to testify against Fontaine. Fontaine is released and heads off to get frisky with Miss Grey again.

This does not turn out as Fontaine hoped, as he discovers that Grey is a "working girl" who does indeed prey on lonesome soldiers. It seems his pal, Becker, had been right all along.

The company is now sent back to the front, where Fontaine and the just back from the hospital, Becker, end up in the same fox-hole.

Except for the opening and closing battles, this is a pretty tame episode. Everyone looks somewhat out to sea in this one.

The episode was written by George O'Hanlon. Long-time Hollywood bit actor, O'Hanlon, would become famous as the voice of George Jetson in the popular animated series, THE JETSONS.


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