Combat! (1962–1967)
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Cry in the Ruins 

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Unearthing a French baby buried under ruins, unites Hanley's men and a Nazi squad. All the troops' hearts go out to the desperate young mother, but as the German lieutenant warns "distrust ... See full summary »

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Vic Morrow

Writers:

A. Martin Zweiback (story), Edward J. Lakso (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
William Smithers ... Lt. Markes
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Glenn Cannon Glenn Cannon ... Pvt. Cane
John Crawford ... Capt. Werner
Henry Hermann-Cattani Henry Hermann-Cattani ... Kranz
Raikin Ben-Ari Raikin Ben-Ari ... Le Page (as Ben-Ari)
Bob Kanter ... Pvt. Hunstell
Larry Gelbman Larry Gelbman ... Gunnar (as Larry Gelbmann)
Frank Oberschall Frank Oberschall ... Bruck
Gerd Rein ... Heismann
Lisa Pera Lisa Pera ... Madame DuBois
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Unearthing a French baby buried under ruins, unites Hanley's men and a Nazi squad. All the troops' hearts go out to the desperate young mother, but as the German lieutenant warns "distrust is a crippling thing." Laying down their arms in an unauthorized truce proves challenging to the frayed nerves of both squads in the village devastated by both sides' heavy artillery. Hanley's squad needs to get out for a rendezvous, the Germans are hustling to re-occupy the ville. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Drama | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An episode of The Rat Patrol is the same plot
3 November 2011 | by sgspires-89-442591See all my reviews

I've watched enough episodic television to know that most plots are recycled - especially in the 50s and 60s. But Tom Gries - creator, director, producer of "The Rat Patrol" - must have outright lifted this great episode of "Combat!" when he wrote the second season episode, "The Truce at Aburah Raid," of "The Rat Patrol." Gries episode is the same exact plot, only in half hour form, of American and German units helping a distraught mother find a child trapped. Surprise twists and plot elements are the same. The only difference is running length, setting and, of course, "The Rat Patrol" was "IN COLOR." The "Combat!" episode aired March 23, 1965, and "The Rat Patrol" episode aired Sept. 11, 1967 - some 2.5 years later. Gries director three episodes of "Combat!" himself, and actually served in World War II as a Marine. Sometimes plots get stuck in the imagination from different places. Gries may have not just "lifted" and episode - but episodic television production can be tight. Many writers have done some creative readjustment of plot elements to speed along the creative script process. Both are great episodes that explore the themes of truce and trust between enemies in time of war.


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