Combat! (1962–1967)
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Glow Against the Sky 

"Glow Against the Sky" is an episode of Combat! starring Rick Jason, Vic Morrow, and Jack Hogan. Hiding in a bombed out town, Saunders and his squad leave a badly wounded, delirious Pvt. Nelson for the Germans to find and try to save.



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Episode cast overview:
... Lt. Hanley (credit only)
... Sgt. Saunders
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
... Caje
... Billy Nelson
Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
William Sargent ... Huffman (as Bill Sargent)
... German Soldier
... American Medic (as Bobby Hyatt)
Carl Carlsson ... German Sergeant
Kurt Landen ... German Sentry
Addison Myers ... German Medic
... Capt. Neubauer


Sgt. Saunders and his squad find themselves trapped in a French village as the Germans sweep through and capture the town. The squad seeks refuge in a cellar as the Germans search each building and cottage. With Nelson seriously wounded and in need of immediate help, he is delirious and screaming. Sgt. Saunders leaves him in the street in hopes the Germans will take care of him. A fanatical German Captain is bent on making Nelson reveal the whereabouts of the remainder of the squad, as Saunders must somehow free Nelson and escape with his men. Written by Clintessence

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

5 November 1963 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As Littlejohn rescues Billy by picking him up off the bed, the blanket is wrapped around Billy's waist and down his legs. As they are seen leaving the building, the blanket is fully wrapped around Billy. There was no time to stop to make the change. See more »

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17 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

While fleeing from the Germans, Billy is wounded and Sgt. Saunders and his squad hide in a basement. The German soldiers do not see Billy in a ditch and Saunders succeeds to bring him to the cellar. Meanwhile the Germans build a hospital close their hideout while the troop searches the village. When Saunders realizes that Billy will not survive without medical care, he decides to dump Billy on the street expecting the Germans take him to the hospital. Littlejohn questions Saunder's orders and does not want to leave his comrade behind. Meanwhile a German Commander asks the doctor to pose of Englishman to ask Billy the whereabouts of his squad.

"Glow Against the Sky" is a tense episode of "Combat!" with a nice story of comradery. The friendship of the giant Littlejohn for Billy is nice to see and the surprising arrival of Sunders and his team is a moment of relief. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Brilho Contra o Céu" ("Glow Against the Sky")

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