Combat! (1962–1967)
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Saunders' squad is sent behind enemy lines to find and destroy a German radar installation. Sgt. Rawlings, a radar specialist, is sent along to learn all he can about the German radar ... See full summary »


Alan Crosland Jr.


Edward J. Lakso


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Episode cast overview:
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Peter Mark Richman ... German Lt. Marchand (as Mark Richman)
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Robert Crawford Jr. Robert Crawford Jr. ... Pierre DuBois (as Robert Crawford)
Louis Mercier Louis Mercier ... Paul DuBois
Gary Lasdun Gary Lasdun ... French Lt. Marchand
Paul Busch ... German Officer
Walt Davis Walt Davis ... German #1 (as Walter Davis)
Gerd Rein ... German #2
Chris Anders Chris Anders ... German #3
H.M. Wynant ... Sgt. Rawlings
Robert Ellenstein ... DuBois


Saunders' squad is sent behind enemy lines to find and destroy a German radar installation. Sgt. Rawlings, a radar specialist, is sent along to learn all he can about the German radar before it is destroyed, and a French resistance fighter, Marchand, is also sent along to guide them. From the time they leave their lines, they are under constant surveillance by the Germans, and Rawlings is killed on the way there. Little do they know that Marchand is really a German officer who has killed the real Marchand and has taken his place with the intent of taking Saunders to a fake radar installation. The GIs blow the fake installation and prepare to return when they finally learn Marchand is an imposter and they have destroyed the wrong target. A bombing raid is scheduled for that night, and the bomb group is counting on Saunders' squad to destroy the radar installation. Written by David Wile

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Action | Drama | War





Release Date:

25 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Saunders and German Lt. Marchand are fighting and Saunders flips Marchand over his back, it's an obvious stunt double for Marchand. His whole face is visible. See more »

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Another Ed Lakso Masterpiece!!
25 October 2014 | by jmarcheseSee all my reviews

"Counterplay" is an excellent story about American & German intelligence having it out amidst the French Underground. The Americans know the Germans are having a field day with our B 17 Bombers because of a hidden radar station. They send radar expert Technical Sergeant Rawlings (played by H.M. Wynant) to recon German radar via White Rook and the French Underground.

Ed Lakso did it again, another superb screenplay! Character development is excellent and combined with the top notch acting of Peter Mark Richman, Robert Ellenstein, Louis Mercier, and Vic Morrow, White Rook puts on a great show. "Counterplay" is filled with suspense, intrigue, intellectual as well as physical combat, and some memorable scenes. When Littlejohn laid a whack on one of our antagonists, I broke up laughing; the timing was so perfect. I had to play it over a few times. Hats off to Richman's stunt double in the chase scene; he must have really hurt himself. And the ending sequence with Louis Mercier as Paul DuBois shows us a real long time pro in action. Excellent casting right down to the last player.

Director Alan Crosland Jr. really put the time & effort into "Counterplay." The major combat sequence was extremely well done and relative timing involved in the whole episode was perfect.

Caje's last line and Saunders' reply are priceless. "Counterplay" was extremely entertaining from every angle and some of the scenes make us laugh because they're so well done. Great episode!

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