Sgt. Saunders and his squad are assigned to take a strategic heavily protected bridgehead in fifty-five minutes since a convoy needs to cross with no delay. Sgt Sunders plots a suicidal ...
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Sgt. Saunders and his squad are assigned to take a strategic heavily protected bridgehead in fifty-five minutes since a convoy needs to cross with no delay. Sgt Sunders plots a suicidal plan while his men question the order. Will they succeed in his plan?Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pierre Jalbert, Caje, is not in this episode and isn't mentioned. See more »
Near the beginning, Heller takes gum out of his mouth and tries to put it on the inside lip of his helmet, but it sticks on his fingers. Heller ignores it and continues the scene. Soon after, Heller takes the gum from the helmet and starts chewing it again. See more »
Bridgehead is characterized by a lot of action, gunfire, and excellent dialogue. Private Mick Hellar (excellently played by Nick Adams) is completely against being part of the war effort. He sarcastically wines and complains throughout the episode. It's quite amusing to watch Hanley and Saunders put Hellar in his place. Had this episode been done a year or two later, Combat audiences would have expected Kirby to beat the tar out of Hellar. But he and the series were still comparatively new at the time.
The budget must have been high considering all of the gunfire; reminded me of the movie Blackhawk Down.
Lieutenant Hanley, Doc, and Littlejohn have some great dialogue after the grenade scene; a testament to excellent screen writing by Edward Lakso.
Noam Pitlik did an outstanding job as Private Gene Scott, especially the hand grenade scene in which his facial expression is priceless !
Bernard McEveety as usual came prepared and did a superb job directing in that we can really see what giving and taking orders is all about. We also get a look at the concept of freezing up under fire, which was probably more common than one would expect during World War 2.
Hanley did an excellent and amusing job announcing when it was time for the squad to advance and also when it was time to take cover from the firing of the panzerfaust.
Our favorite German Paul Busch played the sergeant in this one and did a fine job of barking orders to his troops. We are introduced to the panzerfaust, a single shot German anti tank weapon which is quite effective.
A.D. Flowers, one of the very best ever, was the special effects coordinator and it shows considering the complexity of the fire fight. I wonder if they could have pulled the making of Bridgehead off without his unique talents.
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