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The Rat Patrol 

The World War II North African missions of an Allied commando patrol squad of the Long Range Desert Group.

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Tom Gries
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1968   1967   1966  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Christopher George ...  Sgt. Sam Troy 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Gary Raymond ...  Sgt. Jack Moffitt 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Eric Braeden ...  Capt. Hans Dietrich 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Lawrence P. Casey ...  Pvt. Mark Hitchcock 58 episodes, 1966-1968
Justin Tarr ...  Pvt. Tully Pettigrew 54 episodes, 1966-1968
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Storyline

A 4-man team of commandos within the Long Range Desert Group fight the Nazis in North Africa. Armed with jeeps equipped with .50-caliber machine guns--and endless chutzpah--they wage a highly irregular war against Rommel's Afrika Korps. Their most common nemesis is Hauptmann Dietrich, though Dietrich and the Rats join forces from time to time against a common enemy. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Four commandos tackle Rommel's Afrika Korps (season 1)

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rat Patrol See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(58 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

On January 4th, 1967, while filming a chase scene on the set of "The Rat Patrol", Christopher George's jeep flipped over, pinning the actor underneath the vehicle. George sustained a cardiac contusion, which never properly healed, and scar tissue subsequently developed. The fatal heart attack he suffered on November 28th, 1983 was attributed to this mishap. He was buried in Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park, in Los Angeles, CA. See more »

Goofs

The shots of the jeeps jumping the sand dune which opens the show (actually the same shot, repeated) are reversed, or "flipped" images. The steering wheel and driver are on the right side of the jeeps in the shots, incorrect for an American vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Mark Hitchcock: Who was there, Sarge? You or me?
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Connections

Spoofed in Muppets Tonight: John Goodman (1996) See more »

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I Didn't Especially Care For This Show
30 August 2004 | by Joe_B_CarterSee all my reviews

I thought "The Rat Patrol" was pretty implausible. I mean, four guys tooling around the desert in a couple of jeeps with two .50-caliber machine guns taking on troop convoys, armored columns, and anything else the Germans cared to offer. And with all the lead thrown their way, the Rat Patrol always came through unscathed. (Extraordinary. Didn't the German Army teach its men to shoot during basic training?!) This show was essentially escapist stuff, and not based on military reality. I watched the show because of the actors' performances, while discounting its implausible premise. (I thought that Christopher George as Sergeant Troy was pretty good.)


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