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The Rat Patrol 

The World War II North African missions of an Allied commando patrol squad of the Long Range Desert Group.

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Tom Gries
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1968   1967   1966  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Christopher George ...  Sgt. Sam Troy 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Gary Raymond ...  Sgt. Jack Moffitt 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Eric Braeden ...  Capt. Hans Dietrich 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Lawrence P. Casey ...  Pvt. Mark Hitchcock 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Justin Tarr ...  Pvt. Tully Pettigrew 54 episodes, 1966-1968
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Storyline

A 4-man team of commandos within the Long Range Desert Group fight the Nazis in North Africa. Armed with jeeps equipped with .50-caliber machine guns--and endless chutzpah--they wage a highly irregular war against Rommel's Afrika Korps. Their most common nemesis is Hauptmann Dietrich, though Dietrich and the Rats join forces from time to time against a common enemy. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Four commandos tackle Rommel's Afrika Korps (season 1)

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rat Patrol See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(58 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

All of the episodes have the word "raid" in them. See more »

Goofs

The shots of the jeeps jumping the sand dune which opens the show (actually the same shot, repeated) are reversed, or "flipped" images. The steering wheel and driver are on the right side of the jeeps in the shots, incorrect for an American vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Sam Troy: Let's shake it!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Reptilicus (2017) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Neato! Not only is THE RAT PATROL in color,its also on DVD!
17 January 2009 | by Little-MikeySee all my reviews

This show is escapist entertainment because it is supposed to be escapist entertainment. And that just happens to be why I like this show so much. The plots were short and simple. They HAD to be since the show was only a half hour long (not a full hour like COMBAT or 12 O CLOCK HIGH). So in a nutshell, the Rat Patrol came, they raided and then they were off. In 30 minutes, there was not much more they could do in the time allotted. True, some of the episodes are kind of silly but other episodes are really good.

Unlike most war related features of the time (tv shows, movies, etc), the Germans were not depicted as villains, but as the opposing force. The Germans were lead by Captain Deitrich, who actually respected the Rat Patrol and on more than one occasion, teamed up with the Rat Patrol on a truce. One truce, for example, was declared to rescue an Arab girl who had fallen into a well.

The main selling point of this show was that it was in color! Another selling point was to promote one of the stars (Lawrence Casey) as a sort of teen-zeen idol. It was a tactic that would work until 1968, when the public would quickly lose interest in anything war related and THE RAT PATROL would drop suddenly in the ratings war and get the cancellation ax later that year.


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