The Lieutenant: Season 1, Episode 3

The Proud and the Angry (28 Sep. 1963)

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Rice is tasked with infiltrating a training platoon and investigate claims of cruelty against the commanding officer. What he discovers is a much more complex situation, that could turn deadly at any moment.

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Sgt. Karl Kasten
Richard Rust ...
Pvt. Steven Grace
Miranda Jones ...
Nancy Kasten
Gilbert Green ...
Colonel Timothy McAdams
Christopher Connelly ...
Private Derek Russell (as Chris Connolly)
Bob Davis ...
LCDR Farley Crosse
Barnaby Hale ...
Capt. Earl Cook
Terry Kovak ...
Lt. Wesley Stauffer
Hap Holmwood ...
Sgt. Peter Franklin
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Sgt. Perc Linden
Mike Fedderson ...
Private First Class
Jamie Joseph ...
First Private
Jim Henaghan ...
Second Private (as James Henaghan)
Mark Patrick ...
Corpsman
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Rice is tasked with infiltrating a training platoon and investigate claims of cruelty against the commanding officer. What he discovers is a much more complex situation, that could turn deadly at any moment.

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Young Rip Torn is brilliant as a Marine D.I.
29 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Thirty-two year old Rip Torn gave a terrific performance in 1963 as a tough Marine Corps drill sergeant who is suspected of causing the death of a recruit because of recklessly rough training. Series hero Second Lieutenant Bill Rice (well played by Gary Lockwood) is sent in undercover as a boot camp trainee to get to the truth. This was the best episode of this fine, forgotten drama series about the peace time Marine Corps (though in the final episode Lt. Rice is in Vietnam as an "advisor"). Gene Roddenberry ("Star Trek) was the ambitious creator/producer.

Rip Torn was a dazzlingly attractive, talented young actor, in the same class as Paul Newman, Ben Gazzara and Steve McQueen. Torn was in high demand as a guest star after his striking work in this episode. He followed it up with a string of brilliant, varied performances on shows like "Ben Casey", "Combat", "12 O'Clock High", "The Breaking Point", "The Eleventh Hour", "Dr. Kildare" and "The Great Adventure".

Its amazing Rip Torn didn't get a series lead of his own. He probably wasn't interested. Or maybe he was considered "too difficult". But Rip Torn could have been one of the great 1960's series leads with the right role. Shows he might have been good in are "The Man from UNCLE", "Slattery's People", "Run For Your Life", "Star Trek", "The Outsider" or "Man In a Suitcase". Maybe he would have been a good Colonel Hogan in "Hogan's Heros". Or Torn might even have been a viable Lt. Columbo. But I think Rip Torn was basically too good for television. The career he had was right for him.


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