While on a mission behind enemy lines, Private D'Angelo is badly wounded but saved from capture by Italian partisans. While recovering in their hideout, however, D'Angelo overhears the name... See full summary »

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While on a mission behind enemy lines, Private D'Angelo is badly wounded but saved from capture by Italian partisans. While recovering in their hideout, however, D'Angelo overhears the name of a spy who the partisans have successfully planted within the high command of German Occupation forces. So when afterward they discover D'Angelo speaks and understands Italian, the guerrillas debate on whether it will be necessary to kill the private in order to keep knowledge of the plant safe. Written by nk_gillen

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26 October 1962 (USA)  »

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A Patrol goes Wrong
21 March 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE GALLANT MEN – The Ninety-Eight Cent Man -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, Robert Ridgley, 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 4th episode.

The company sends out a few men one night to do a patrol in front of the lines. They are checking on any possible German activity. They have the bad luck to run into a German patrol that is out doing the same. A brisk firefight breaks out with the Americans taking the brunt of it. They pull back in a hurry leaving one man dead. The man, Eddie Fontaine, however turns out to just be wounded.

Later in the night a group of Italian partisans find Fontaine and cart him to their hideout. They patch him together as best they can. While they are having a conference about one of their men working inside the German lines, Fontaine comes to. Fontaine pipes up in Italian to thank the partisans for rescuing him. The Partisans are somewhat surprised to find out Fontaine speaks Italian.

Before any more can be said, a group of Germans burst in and gunfire again lights up the night. A few of the partisans escape but Fontaine is grabbed. He is now hauled off to German headquarters for a bit of interrogation. The Germans are most interested in why Fontaine was hiding out with the partisans. Fontaine, being a tough nut, is only forthcoming with name, rank etc.

One of the partisans, Chana Eden has reached the American lines to inform them that they had found Fontaine. She also tells them that Fontaine is now a guest of the Germans. Eden tells Reynolds that they best rescue Fontaine before the partisans get to him. Fontaine had heard about the partisan's spy in the German camp. The partisan leader is afraid that Fontaine might give up the info to the Germans. The partisans are sending in a man to kill Fontaine.

Captain Reynolds puts together a squad for a rescue mission. They are led to the German headquarters by Miss Eden. First, a couple of grenades through the front door, then the Americans rush the place. A quick exchange of fire with the remaining Germans is needed before Fontaine is grabbed up by his mates. The squad then beats a hasty retreat into the dark.


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