Combat! (1962–1967)
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Thunder from the Hill 

A cold blooded boss within a faction of the French Resistance, pressures Lt. Handley's squad to help raid a German ammo depot before he will take him to his leader.




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Episode cast overview:
... Lt. Hanley
... Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
... Massine
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
... Caje
Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
... Diebold
John A. Neris ... Jean (as John Neris)
... Boulange
George Sawaya ... Pierre
Jacques Sorel ... Andre


Lt. Hanley and the squad are en route to meet a Capt. Boulange, the commander of the Free French Army in their sector. Their guide is a bear of a man named Massine, who has a small band of underground fighters traveling with him. Before Massine will lead Lt. Hanley to Capt. Boulange, he has an agenda of his own to accomplish, as he forces Hanley to help him steal some explosives from the a German supply depot. Hanley doesn't want to do it, but has no choice. They rig an entire mountainside with the explosives, as Massine intends on dropping the mountain on an approaching German convoy. An uneasy alliance develops between Hanley and Massine. Written by Clintessence

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Action | Drama | War




Release Date:

17 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When he runs up to the German that's trying to get up, Caje swings his rifle butt to hit the German in the head. The German reacts and falls back. Of course, actors don't like being hit with a rifle, but it's obvious from the camera angle that it misses his head by a foot or more. See more »

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Painfully Average Episode
26 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Thunder From the Hill is a very average Combat episode about a French resistance fighter Massine (played by Peter Whitney) who suckers Lt. Hanley and Squad into helping him with a completely different mission from what was supposed to be. There are a few average combat scenes along the way and the plot is somewhat believable.

We meet Massine's people and none of their characters really develops throughout the story.

The viewer is introduced to a running, wood burning truck, which peaks one's curiosity.

We learn that cowardice usually effects unpleasantly as is evidenced by the geologist of the group.

Massine's mission plays out in an average way and I'm not in the clear as to why he did not carry it out by himself in the ending sequence which is again painfully average.

In conclusion, the acting, directing, and interaction between the characters could not pull this episode out of stagnation.

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