A small group of U.S. soldiers, cold, out of supplies and isolated, are taking cover in a ruined farmhouse during the Korean war. The officer in charge is tormented that a patrol he sent ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Major Gaylord
Chaplain Walker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Brenlin ...
Radio Operator
Cy Chermak ...
Radio Operator
Wyatt Cooper ...
Lieutenant Peters
Bob Drew ...
Herself - Commercial Spokeswoman
Melvin Jurdem ...
Medic (as Mel Jurdem)
Herbert King ...
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William F. Leicester ...
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Fred J. Scollay ...
Douglas Taylor ...
Bill Townsend ...


A small group of U.S. soldiers, cold, out of supplies and isolated, are taking cover in a ruined farmhouse during the Korean war. The officer in charge is tormented that a patrol he sent out to scout the enemy is overdue and contact lost. In a weak, one way radio signal, the patrol states their position. When further orders come in, the officer realizes he must order an air strike on the enemy that would surely kill the patrol, or risk the enemy mounting an attack on the rest of his forces. Written by WesternOne

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7 June 1954 (USA)  »

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Intense Bit of Television
9 May 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

STUDIO ONE "The Strike" 1954

This is a "live" episode from the long running anthology series, "WESTINGHOUSE: STUDIO ONE". This series ran for 467 episodes between, 1948 and 1958.

The episode is set in North Korea just after the Red Chinese have joined the conflict. The United Nations troops are caught flat-footed and forced to retreat.

James Daly is a Major in charge of the remains of a U.S. regiment. The men are holding a section of the line waiting for orders to pull out. The men are cold, low on ammo and food. They are also overloaded with a large amount of wounded.

Daly is concerned about a 20 man patrol he had sent across the river into Chinese territory. The patrol was to see if the Chinese had moved artillery into the area. They have had no contact with the patrol. Stragglers from various units, including several British Royal Marines join up with Daly's group. Daly has his headquarters in a bombed out house.

The patrol is finally heard from and gives a report telling of a massive Chinese build up. The patrol however is unable to get out of the area. Daly now gets orders that there will be an air strike on the Chinese that night. Needless to say, the exact spot of the strike is where the patrol is hiding. Daly cannot warn the patrol because they only have one way contact.

Daly, a veteran from WW2, has seen his share of death, but not being able to warn the patrol eats at him. His junior officers, Bert Freed and Frank Marth try to talk to Daly. They tell him that the death of the 20 men will save the 500 men left of the regiment. Daly asks to be relieved of command but is told to man up. His is the burden of command.

The wounded are loaded up and sent off while everyone else waits for the orders to retreat. The time comes to order the air strike and the reluctant Daly does just that. He then leads his men off as the Chinese catch holy hell.

This is a pretty intense production that was helmed by future Oscar winner, Franklin J. Schaffner. Schaffner started out on early television in 1949 before getting a shot at big screen work in the 60's. He scored with a string of hits such as, PLANET OF THE APES, PAPILLON, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL and PATTON.

The episode was written by Rod (Twilight Zone) Serling.

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