is an episode of Combat! starring
Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, and James Whitmore.
King company is quickly overrunning a French Village, and the German withdrawal is in complete chaos. Most of the German troops are killed, wounded, or captured in the action, but one ...
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King company is quickly overrunning a French Village, and the German withdrawal is in complete chaos. Most of the German troops are killed, wounded, or captured in the action, but one German officer, Hertzbrun, tries to blow a bridge before he leaves the village. Unable to blow the bridge during the attack, he takes refuge in a Catholic church where he exchanges his uniform for the vestments a priest and becomes "Father Hertzbrun." His intention is to impersonate a priest long enough for him to finish setting his charges, blow the bridge, and make his escape. Much to his dismay, as soon as the fighting is finished, he is asked by a GI to hear his confession. Unfortunately for Hertzbrun, he really has no experience in priestly matters, and his ineptitude leads to the failure of his ruse. A 44 year old James Whitmore is a pleasure to watch as he plays the German officer masquerading as a priest.Written by
When Saunders and his company overrun a French village, the German troop withdraws but the officer Hertzbrun tries to blow up a bridge important to the Allies troops. An American soldier sees him and shots his leg, but Hertzbrun kills him and seeks shelter in a church. He finds a cassock and poses of the Catholic priest Hertzbrun, luring Saunders and his men. While he tries to blow up the bridge, the Catholic Private Ryan wants to confess and finds strange the lack of knowledge of religious procedures of Father Hertzbrun. Will he succeeding in exploding the bridge?
"The Cassock" is a great episode of "Combat!" with a realistic and suspenseful story, great performances and adequate pace. Ryan´s confession and the subsequent scene of his confrontation with Father Hertzbrun is heartbreaking. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "A Batina" ("The Cassock")
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