Combat! (1962–1967)
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The Long Wait 

After opening the episode with a short firefight in a French village, Saunders' squad is in a GI 2 ½ ton truck along with four GIs in need of surgery and a load of ammo needed for the front... See full summary »


John Peyser


Edward J. Lakso


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Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Terry Carter ... Archie
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
William Wellman Jr. ... Sgt. Brice (as William Wellman)
Edward Tierney Edward Tierney ... Klaus
William Splawn ... Coates
David Adams David Adams ... Peter
Fletcher Fist Fletcher Fist ... Carson


After opening the episode with a short firefight in a French village, Saunders' squad is in a GI 2 ½ ton truck along with four GIs in need of surgery and a load of ammo needed for the front lines. Along the way, they get pinned down by a German machine gun crew and supporting infantry who are all well protected in an escarpment of large boulders. With a front tire shot out, Archie the truck driver backs the truck a short ways where it is protected by a large rock wall, but they cannot go forward or backward without being exposed to the German firepower. The conflict of decision becomes whether to get the four men to needed surgery or get the load of ammunition to the front lines. Archie is only concerned about the four men who need surgery, but Saunders has to consider all the men who need the ammunition to hold their positions against a German advance. The rest of the episode consists of various actions attempted while trying to take the German position along with the continuous ... Written by David Wile

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Action | Drama | War





Release Date:

9 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is the only episode in all five seasons that featured a black soldier. See more »

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Great American Team Effort in the Clutch!
27 August 2014 | by jmarcheseSee all my reviews

"The Long Wait" is a story about simple arithmetic and cold hard practicality as applied to a difficult war situation.

White Rook is transporting 40 cases of desperately needed ammunition and 4 seriously wounded men toward their battalion aid headquarters. They run into a German barrage which stops them in their tracks; there's no way to continue on. Saunders must figure out a way to get through the German stronghold. He orders up a tank but there's no guarantee as to when it will arrive. In the meantime it's "if at first you don't succeed, try, try, again !"

Ed Lakso wrote this outstanding episode which is the essence of what Combat is all about. During the episode the viewing audience is treated to a gargantuan amount of firefight. Great conflict is created between Vic Morrow and guest star Terry Carter, who is superb as Archie, an extraordinarily naive truck driver with no combat experience. Their dialog is excellent throughout. The Sarge shows great patience in dealing with both Archie and the situation at hand. William Wellman has a cameo appearance as Sergeant Brice and is the epitome of "cool."

John Peyser hooked up with special effects genius A. D. Flowers and did an outstanding job directing "The Long Wait." The action and plot are all very believable, and suspense levels keep the viewer into the story. Close-ups are terrific. Even the German soldiers (especially their pudgy sergeant) are fun to watch. One look at them and you know they mean business.

I enjoyed John Fresco's choice of music with respect to the driving scenes. In the opening scene it appears as though Caje is rocking to the beat.

The ending sequence is terrific and the ever well meaning Archie comes up with a great idea to help the Sarge. All in all this is a great episode! Enjoy!

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