Combat! (1962–1967)
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Hills Are for Heroes: Part 1 

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This two part Combat! episode is the quintessential story of the futility of war as viewed through the eyes of surviving infantrymen. An American division of troops is making an assault all... See full summary »


Vic Morrow


Gene L. Coon


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Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Paul Carr ... Kleinschmidt
Joseph Walsh ... Einstein
Anthony D. Call Anthony D. Call ... Morgan (as Anthony Call)
Michael Forest ... Company Commander


This two part Combat! episode is the quintessential story of the futility of war as viewed through the eyes of surviving infantrymen. An American division of troops is making an assault all along their lines. At the platoon level, Lt. Hanley is ordered to take a strategic hill that overlooks a needed road, and the hill is protected by two concrete bunkers with German machine guns and infantry in each bunker. Saunders gets hit in his thigh in the first assault on the bunkers while several other GIs are killed. Hanley asks for artillery support, but his company commander tells Hanley he will have to take the hill without artillery support. Hanley tries several different strategies to take the hill, but each time the men go up the hill, the overwhelming fire from the bunkers stop them, and each time they leave a few more dead GIs on the hill. (see "Hills Are For Heroes - Part 2 for continuation of storyline) Written by David Wile

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Action | Drama | War





Release Date:

1 March 1966 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rick Jason wrote in his memoirs how Vic Morrow "directed a two-parter that was a culmination of his tremendous talent. However, we still didn't have a title for it at the wrap party." Jason credits Frank Kowalsky with coming up with the title: "Why you're all idiots! There's only one title for this film!... 'Hills Are for Heroes.' What else could you call it?" (See Rick Jason, "Scrapbooks of My Mind: Vic Morrow", 2000; online.) See more »


At roughly 42:05 Kirby and the machine gun squad jump in the foxhole they were previously dislodged from; as Cage and a rifle crew cover Kirby's squad. When Kirby jumps into the foxhole a previously killed GI suddenly jumps up as Kirby swats his back. See more »

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One of the Best Episodes
25 April 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Lt. Hanley is assigned to take a strategic hill with a platoon. However they find that the hill is protected by two German nests of machine guns in two bunkers. Without any support of the artillery, he is ordered to send his men to be slaughtered while trying to take the hill.

Divided in two parts and directed by Vic Morrow, "Hills Are for Heroes: Part 1" is one of the best episodes of "Combat!". The faces of the American soldiers and Lt. Hanley that is forced to follow orders is heartbreaking. Kirby has also an important role in this dramatic and full of action episode. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Colinas São para Heróis; Parte 1" ("Hills Are for Heroes: Part 1")

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