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Joseph Bernard ...
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The IMF goes to a prison camp inside a totalitarian Latin American country. At the camp, an opposition leader is kept in isolation. One of his followers arranged to be arrested and has become a trustee, helping to get the opposition leader's messages out to his countrymen. Prisoners believe the trustee to be an informer. Phelps and Barney arrive as prisoners, aiming to expose the real informer. They're aided by Cinnamon (posing as a Red Cross official) and Rollin (as a guard). The question is whether Phelps can work fast enough to save an innocent man's life. Written by Bill Koenig

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10 March 1968 (USA)  »

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In the original movie Stalag 17 (1953) which this episode was based on, Peter Graves played Sgt Price, the informer for the Nazi POW camp. See more »


Near the end, an accident is staged between a truck and a station wagon. Just before impact, the wagon is already dented. See more »


[first lines]
Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps. Manuel Delgado, the patron saint of his country's Freedom Party, recently was sent to prison by the totalitarian regime now in power. To help Delgado continue to lead the resistance movement from behind bars, this man, Santos Cardoza, had himself arrested and imprisoned. Needing freedom of action in order to act as liaison, Cardoza managed to become a trustee. This is led to grave danger for him because the other convicts believe he is an ...
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Phelps's Heroes
7 July 2016 | by (Sidney, Canada) – See all my reviews

In 1953, Peter Graves acted in a prison camp movie set for "Stalag 17." 15 years later, in "Trial By Fury," he worked in the Stalag XIII set of "Hogan's Heroes."

Among the convicts and detainees is an informer who must be exposed. The prisoners, led by the tough Klaus (an excellent Paul Winfield), think they have their man and have already beaten him. Their tempers become much worse after a would-be escaper is killed in a truck. By that time, Jim and Barney are "in" but cannot help the innocent man until they see the right evidence. They find themselves with no choice but to participate in psychological torture.

It's up to Cinnamon (as a Red Cross aide) and Rollin (as a guard officer) to find out how the commandant is informed, then sneak the evidence to their inside colleagues. There are a few contrivances and nitpicks (would any real commandant decode a message in the presence of guests he's never seen before?), and the acting is occasionally weak (Bain sometimes seems ahead of her era, performing at the same level as in "Space: 1999" of a decade later), but the episode as a whole is tense fun. Jim's closing line sums it well.

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