The Gallant Men: Season 1, Episode 2

Retreat to Concorde (12 Oct. 1962)

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Peter Breck guest-stars as Private Draper, the loner of Benedict's outfit who refuses to volunteer with the other men in helping the people of a liberated Italian village put their lives ... See full summary »

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Robert McQueeney ...
William Reynolds ...
Robert Ridgely ...
Richard X. Slattery ...
Eddie Fontaine ...
Roland La Starza ...
Robert Gothie ...
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Pvt. Draper
Iphigenie Castiglioni ...
Signora Josephine Cirasella
Anna Bruno-Lena ...
Felicia
Victor Salinas ...
Pietro
Sandy McPeak ...
Pvt. Saunders (as Sandy Kevin)
Donald Zimmerman ...
Medic
Carlo Tricoli ...
Italian Man
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Peter Breck guest-stars as Private Draper, the loner of Benedict's outfit who refuses to volunteer with the other men in helping the people of a liberated Italian village put their lives back together. Later however, he reluctantly takes on the job as schoolteacher for the town's orphaned children -- and in doing so, he rediscovers his own humanity. Written by nk_gillen

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Peter Breck Guest Stars
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THE GALLANT MEN – Retreat to Concorde -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 toe 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, 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 2nd episode.

The company has just taken a small Italian mountain village after a hard fought fight. It was only with the help of new replacement, Peter Breck, that the casualties were not heavier. Breck is a sniper, and had been a key part in knocking out several German positions.

The surviving locals, unlike most of the villagers they liberate, are less than friendly to the Americans. They blame the Americans for shelling the town and killing some of the townsfolk. The local matriarch, Iphigenie Castiglioni, tells the Americans to leave. The officer in charge, William Reynolds tells her they need to stay to prevent the Germans from returning.

Reynolds decides that maybe if his men help rebuild several of the destroyed buildings, the locals will be happy. They start on the village school, even repairing the school bell. The kids in town come because they like the chewing gum and chocolate the G.I.s hand out.

New man Breck however stays to himself and does not join the rest. That is, till ordered by Reynolds to help. Newsman McQueeney questions Breck why he never talks with the other men. It seems Breck's last company had been more or less destroyed. He figures it is easier to forget people you do not know. So why bother to meet the other G.I.s.

He gets drafted in to teach the kids and soon mellows somewhat. That is till the German's move up a mortar. They plaster the area around the school. Breck grabs up his sniping rifle and joins the platoon sent out to silence the mortar.

There is a brisk firefight between the platoon and the Germans with Breck of course biting the big one. He had charged the position with a couple of grenades.

While not quite as good as the first episode, it is still very watchable. Breck is best known for his 4 year run on the popular 1960's western series, THE BIG VALLEY, with Barbara Stanwyck. He also played Doc Holliday for 6 episodes on the equally popular western, MAVERICK.


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