Combat! (1962–1967)
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A group of USO entertainers are on the way to the front when their truck blows a tyre. As their driver is changing the tyre they decide to have a practice unaware that a German patrol is ... See full summary »


Michael Caffey


James Menzies


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Episode cast overview:
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley (credit only)
Dan Duryea ... Bernie Wallace
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Noah Beery Jr. ... Hank Davis (as Noah Beery)
Dennis Hopper ... Zack Fielder
Joe Maross ... Will
Robert Easton ... Woody Jones
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... German Lt. Knubel
Michael Masters ... German Sgt. (as Mike Masters)
Paul Busch ... German Cpl. #2
Walt Davis Walt Davis ... German Cpl. #1 (as Walt Goodrich)


A group of USO entertainers are on the way to the front when their truck blows a tyre. As their driver is changing the tyre they decide to have a practice unaware that a German patrol is moving in on them. Fortunately, Sgt. Saunders and the squad have also heard them and move in behind the Germans. The driver and accompanying MP are killed in the attack so Saunders decides to take the USO group with him while they finish their job. They work their way forward and come across a mill house which they decide to use as a temporary base. The USO leader Bernie [Dan Duryea] is making life difficult for Saunders and generally proving very difficult to handle. Battalion radio Saunders and tell them to hold their position as they are sending transport for the USO group. As they are consolidating their position their scout reports that a German patrol is moving in. They manage to kill the German scouts but are pinned down by the Germans heavy machine gun. Bernie decides to take matters into his ... Written by Stevo15

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Action | Drama | War







Release Date:

21 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the last soldier at the truck is killed and falls, you can see the shadow of the camera. See more »


Remade as Tour of Duty: USO Down (1988) See more »

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Saunders: "Go Ahead, Make My Day"
27 December 2014 | by jmarcheseSee all my reviews

"A Little Jazz" is a humbling of the arrogance & stupidity that go hand & hand with status & conceit.

White Rook must shelter & protect a group of jazz musicians after their escorts are killed by Germans.

James Menzies wrote an excellent screenplay about a group of jazz musicians led by Bernie Wallace (excellently played by Dan Duryea.) Duryea is outstanding; the viewing audience will hate him. Conflict and dialog between The Sarge & Wallace are priceless. Vic Morrow plays a strong lead having to deal with both a seemingly impossible situation and wise guy Wallace. Overall, there's good character development amongst White Rook & the musicians.

Michael Caffey did a fine directing job; combat scenes are graphic and close-ups at key moments tell the story without words.

I saw "A Little Jazz" when it first aired in 1967 and it kept my attention very well. I remembered being bummed out for 3 days after the airing because the most decent & humble of the group reaps great misfortune. I did however enjoy the reality of the story, exactly what I would expect in the face of pride & arrogance.

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