Combat!, a one-hour World War II drama series, followed a front line American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe
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1967   1966   1965   1964   1963   1962  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Vic Morrow ...  Sgt. Saunders 152 episodes, 1962-1967
Rick Jason ...  Lt. Hanley 152 episodes, 1962-1967
Pierre Jalbert ...  Caje 115 episodes, 1962-1967
Jack Hogan ...  Kirby 110 episodes, 1962-1967
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ...  Littlejohn 97 episodes, 1962-1967
Walt Davis Walt Davis ...  German Soldier / ... 4 episodes, 1962-1967
Conlan Carter ...  Doc / ... 67 episodes, 1963-1967
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Combat!, a one-hour World War II drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show offered character studies of men striving to maintain their own humanity in the midst of a world torn by war. Written by Jo Davidsmeyer <snw@gate.net>

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Action | Drama | War

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Lt. Hanley began the show as a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and was meritoriously promoted to lieutenant later on. See more »

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"The show lasted longer than the war in Europe by Four years. From D Day to end 11 months. The show 5 years." The war in Europe did not start on D-Day. It started in 1939. The US involvement started after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Right after that, the US declared war on Japan and Germany declared war on the US. See more »

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Braddock: Don't just stand there sucking on a prune pit, get these men some water!
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Referenced in MGM's Secret Operations (2008) See more »

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A Strong Show, Especially for the Early 60's!
26 January 2005 | by FADrurySee all my reviews

Recently I began viewing the episodes of "Combat!" in sequence. I had loved this series as a kid, but was concerned that my return would result in serious disappointment. However, I've been really surprised at how strong the show really is, even after all these years!

The early episodes are a bit shaky because the show is still trying to find its feet. The use of Shecky Greene for comedy relief was an interesting idea, but those situations don't really seem to fit the rest of the show. But as I progress, the shows keep getting stronger, more confident. Yes, more happens to this platoon than would happen to any other unit that size. But, it's TV after all and they keep trying to mix up the scenario to add different plot lines.

Some of the themes considered in what I've seen so far: -The struggle of a new man replacing an old vet. -Challenging a collaborationist to help the resistance (with a good ending!) -How the constant stress of war can break men (a popular theme). -A child trying to join the war, then finding out what that really means.

I also beg to differ with one of the comments made by another reviewer. The platoon doesn't always have what they need. On the contrary, many of the episodes have, at the their heart, the platoon struggling with what they don't have or can't do. I applaud the folks who put this show together. I especially applaud the fact that Germans regularly speak German and French characters regularly speak French and there are no subtitles. Yes, these characters speak English when needed. However, the show often has the men struggling with basic communication and "Caje" is always being asked to translate. A nice touch.

So, if you rent this show, you'll get a pretty decent experience. These episodes will not have the graphic violence of today's military pictures. But the show was perfectly ready to grapple with some pretty complex and tough questions. An admirable effort for its time!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Combat! See more »

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Selmur Productions See more »
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(152 episodes)

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Mono

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Black and White | Color (Season 5)

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4:3
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