Combat! (1962–1967)
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Losers Cry Deal 

A loudmouthed cardsharp holds an ace in reserve over a young recruit, who volunteers for a dangerous recon in his stead. Corporal Jackson the older man, bitterly resents Caje being named ... See full summary »


Vic Morrow


Shirl Hendryx


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Episode cast overview:
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Mike Kellin ... Jackson
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Tom Skerritt ... Hicks
George Murdock ... Marcus
Fletcher Fist Fletcher Fist ... Johnson
Paul Hampton ... Kelly
Paul Todd Paul Todd ... Costello
John Bedford John Bedford ... Burton
Dee Pollock ... Thomas


A loudmouthed cardsharp holds an ace in reserve over a young recruit, who volunteers for a dangerous recon in his stead. Corporal Jackson the older man, bitterly resents Caje being named temporary leader of Jackson's squad, after Sgt. Saunders sees how the Corporal lords it over the young Private Tommy. While Tommy slogs through a heavy downpour toward a German machine gun nest, Jackson in the comfort of a château, tries to wipe out the other poker players, plus sway them to his jaundiced view of the situation. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Drama | War





Release Date:

19 January 1965 (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?


After several uncredited appearances as different characters, Tom Skerritt is credited in the role of Hicks. See more »


When Kirby fires the grenade launcher, the explosion on the building is not where the grenade hits. See more »

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Big Shot Chopped Off At Knees
9 August 2014 | by jmarcheseSee all my reviews

"Losers Cry Deal" is a story about a big shot cut down to size. After a lengthy combat skirmish, White Rook and another squad from the same platoon take over a large château and make it their operations base.

Private Jackson (superbly played by Mike Kellin) feels he is next in command after his sergeant is killed while taking the château. Lieutenant Hanley allows Saunders to pick a temporary lead to take over Sergeant Slocumb's squad until a new sergeant can be called up. And it's not Jackson, who thinks he's heaven's gift to soldiering. When Saunders puts Caje in charge, Jackson relentlessly mocks their judgment. In mitigation, Jackson emphatically makes the point "in this war it's not what you know but who you know that counts."

When Jackson is picked for an extremely dangerous recon mission, he asks Private Thomas to go in his place. Caje accepts the change not realizing there's more to it than meets the eye.

Shirl Hendryx wrote a fine screen play; character development in a non-combat environment is excellent. Morrow, Kellin, and Jalbert turn in strong performances supplemented by the rest of the squads. The story flows very smoothly and reminds the viewing audience of times in their lives when they were backed into a corner and gained a sense of humility.

The ending is beautifully done with memorable exchanges between Caje, Jackson, and Saunders, a personification of the expression "emotional scars do not heel."

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