Combat! (1962–1967)
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While in their own rear area, Saunders, Doc, and Caje get the opportunity to get showers and clean clothes. While taking showers, they are taken hostage by a German Captain and a German NCO... See full summary »

Director:

Ted Post

Writer:

Richard DeLong Adams (as Richard Adams)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley (credit only)
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Peter Mark Richman ... Capt. Aptmeyer (as Mark Richman)
Dick Patterson ... Barnarbo
Eric Braeden ... Ecktmann (as Hans Gudegast)
Ken Berry ... Motor Sgt.
Tom Peters Tom Peters ... Commo Man
Lew Gallo ... Motorcycle MP
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... 1st Sgt. (as Joseph Perry)
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While in their own rear area, Saunders, Doc, and Caje get the opportunity to get showers and clean clothes. While taking showers, they are taken hostage by a German Captain and a German NCO who have been trapped behind American lines and are trying to get back to their own lines. The German Captain holds Saunders and Caje hostage while he frees Doc to get an ambulance to transport them out of the village and back to German territory. Doc becomes the central character in this episode as he goes about getting an ambulance for which he has no authorization. The German Captain continues to hold them all hostage as Doc uses the ambulance to get them out of the village and back near German territory. Instead of releasing his hostages at that point, however, we find the German Captain has one more chore in mind for the three GIs. Written by David Wile

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Conlan Carter "Doc" received an Emmy's nomination for this episode. He did not win. See more »

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Richman & Carter at Their Best
28 June 2014 | by jmarcheseSee all my reviews

The Hostages is an excellent episode characterized by suspense and excellent acting by Peter Mark Richman and Conlan Carter. The artillery scene at the beginning is excellent as usual.

SS Captain Aptmeyer (superbly played by Peter Mark Richman) plans and implements an excellent escape plan and in the process is absolutely hate-able to audiences. His intensity, arrogance, and sense of evil come through in every second of his performance.

Doc (played by Conlan Carter) is superb in that he appears to be genuinely and simultaneously scared, and fuming angry in dealing with Aptmeyer.

The beginning sequence was a piece of great directing by Ted Post; the self dialog by Barnarbo (played by Dick Patterson) and the closeups shot by Post. Beautifully done. (From viewing this scene, it's no surprise Patterson later became a successful comedian.)

It's extremely amusing when Aptmeyer arrogantly refers to Doc as a "non-combatant." And our non-combatant is equally amusing in the ending sequence.


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