Combat! (1962–1967)
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Iowa-bred Private Noah is troubled when the squad forcibly evacuates a French farm family.

Director:

John Peyser

Writer:

Andy White
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Dennis Weaver ... Noah
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Felix Locher Felix Locher ... Old French Farmer
Belle Mitchell ... Old French Woman
Dina Harmsen Dina Harmsen ... French Girl
Anthony Aiello Anthony Aiello ... G.I.
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After some elderly farmers are forced to evacuate their farm for fear of a potential German advance, the squad uses their farm as a patrol base. One of the squad, Private Noah, is from rural Iowa and he decides to finish planting the crop the farmers were working on so that it will be in before the rains come. Lieutenant Hanley returns from HQ to advise that they have decided to send out a patrol to bring in a prisoner to try to find information on the German plans. So that the Private can keep planting Little John volunteers to go on the patrol but he is suffering from blistered feet and struggles to keep up with the others on the patrol. After they capture a prisoner, Littlejohn is shot by a pursuing German soldier and some of the others blame the Private for not going on the patrol. After the German is interrogated, they learn that the enemy is planning a counterattack and the squad is ordered to leave the farm and set up defensive positions nearby. Private Noah hears the farm's ... Written by Stevo15

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Noah: Here that whole family of five lived off that postage stamp. They sure cared for the soil.
Sgt. Saunders: You haven't been up here long.
Noah: So?
Sgt. Saunders: In a uniform you fight in dirt, you sleep in it and you eat it. But you don't hold it in your hand that way. Land is to be taken, passed over and forgotten.
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Beautiful Portrayal of the American Spirit !
15 October 2014 | by jmarcheseSee all my reviews

"The Farmer" is a story about a homesick American farmer stuck amidst the tragic reality of war during the Allied invasion of France. Noah (excellently played by Dennis Weaver) is subconsciously so upset in the setting that he cannot think or act on all 8 cylinders. When an extended French family is ordered off their fertile farm land for their own safety, Noah cannot resist his farmer's instincts. He reminds me of an 88 year old man I once knew who was in the hospital in ill health who disappeared one day only to be found watering the flowerbeds in front of the main entrance. Self righteous hospital staff insisted he must be senile and not knowledgeable of his actions. But when asked the elderly man replied, "the flowers were dying and all they needed was a little water to survive."

Andy White wrote a fine screenplay. It's heartwarming to see White Rook empathizing with Noah excepting Kirby & the Sarge, who just do not understand him. There is excellent character development and some conflict generated within the squad. In addition, the viewing audience is treated to what working a small farm is really like.

Granted the opening artillery sequence is a repeat from a previous episode, it was well worth repeating given it makes the 4th of July pale by comparison and makes me feel I missed out on firing the big cannons in my lifetime. Combat scenes are painfully realistic and well directed by John Peyser.

The ending sequence is very touching and makes us appreciate what the American spirit is all about. Excellent episode !


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