Combat! (1962–1967)
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What Are the Bugles Blowin' For?: Part 1 

"What Are the Bugles Blowin' For?: Part 1" is an episode of Combat! starring Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, and Ronald Howard. A British unit holding a depot doesn't know that Allied units around them are retreating from a Nazi offensive, because the Brits' radio is broken. Sgt. Saunders' squad can't join the ... See full summary »

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... Sgt. Saunders
... Lt. Hanley
Ronald Howard ... Capt. Johns
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
... Caje
Conlan Carter ... Doc
Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
... Billy Nelson
Philippe Chappelle ... Robaire (as Philippe Chapelle)
... Cpl. Joyce
Michael St. Clair ... Marcher
Terence Mitchell ... Newsy Meggs
James Forrest ... Giles (as James Forest)
James Wixted ... Mason
... Robin
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A British unit holding a depot doesn't know that Allied units around them are retreating from a Nazi offensive, because the Brits' radio is broken. Sgt. Saunders' squad can't join the pullback, because Lt. Hanley orders Saunders' crew to march to the railhead in France, to let the Brits know they are being surrounded. Written by David Stevens

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3 March 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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John Orchard's TV debut. See more »

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We hear Kirby say, "Tell him we had an attack of acute stupidity," but his lips continue the line and say, "that's all." See more »

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Chain of Command
23 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

When the radio of a British unit is broken, Sgt. Saunders and his squad are assigned to cross the German lines and inform the British commander to leave the train depot that they are protecting and retreat to Iceland since the German will massively attack the area. Saunders meet the arrogant British Capt. Johns that orders the American squad to stay to help them to protect the strategic train depot despite Saunders information. What will happen to the Allied unit?

"What Are the Bugles Blowin' For?: Part 1" is an excellent episode of "Combat!", with a story that discloses rivalry between British and American units in World War II; the danger of a fanatic captain looking for glory at any price; and the other side of the chain of command. The action scenes are impressive for a 1964 television show. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Para Que as Cornetas Estão Soando? – Parte 1" ("What Are the Bugles Blowin' For?: Part 1")


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