Combat! (1962–1967)
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The Mockingbird 

Lt. Hanley, Caje, Kirby, and Pvt. Banning are sent behind German lines to find an American intelligence officer, Capt. Thorpe, who has important intelligence to get back to American G2. A ... See full summary »

Director:

John Peyser

Writers:

Thomas A. Conway (story), Esther Mitchell (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
Jeremy Slate ... Lt. Asher
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Jacques Roux Jacques Roux ... Gautier
George Brenlin George Brenlin ... Pvt. Banning
Nelson Welch Nelson Welch ... Abbot
Hans Difflipp Hans Difflipp ... Col. Richter
Felix Locher Felix Locher ... Brother Jasper
Raikin Ben-Ari Raikin Ben-Ari ... Monk (as Ben-Ari)
Jean Del Val ... Brother Edmundo
Kurt Landen Kurt Landen ... Sgt. Mueller
Mark Russi Mark Russi ... German Soldier
George Michaelides George Michaelides ... Marcel
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Lt. Hanley, Caje, Kirby, and Pvt. Banning are sent behind German lines to find an American intelligence officer, Capt. Thorpe, who has important intelligence to get back to American G2. A German spy masquerades as a downed American flyer, Lt. Asher, with the intention of infiltrating and destroying the local French underground. He bails out of his American Mustang, but instead of getting picked up by the French underground, he is met by Hanley and his men. Asher initially feigns a sprained ankle and wants to wait for the French instead of going with Hanley. Then he learns Thorpe is has important information to get back, and he decides to go with Hanley's men. When a German patrol passes nearby, Asher, makes a noise to alert the Germans, and a firefight ensues. During the firefight, Asher and Pvt. Banning are behind the others, and Asher uses the opportunity to kill Banning, but he only manages to wound Thorpe instead of killing him. Throughout the rest of the episode, Asher continues ... Written by David Wile

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Action | Drama | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Lt. Asher has a wound on his head, but it doesn't get bandaged. Suddenly, in the room where he and the captain are hiding from the Germans, a heavy bandage is around his head, and the wrapping changes a couple times. See more »

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Tense Episode
23 April 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The German commander plots with a German officer to pose as the American pilot Lt. Asher to infiltrate and destroy the French underground. Meanwhile Lt. Hanley, Caje, Kirby, and Pvt. Banning are seeking out the Intelligence Officer Capt. Thorpe that has important information. They see the American airplane crashing hit by a German airplane and rescue also Asher. While returning to the Allied lines, they stumble upon a German patrol and Asher attracts them and uses the situation to kill Banning and Thorpe, but is wounded by the Germans. Capt. Thorpe survives seriously wounded and they head to a French monastery to seek shelter. But Asher continue to sabotage the group attracting the attention of German patrols.

"The Mockingbird" is one of the most tense episodes of "Combat!". The great performance of Jeremy Slate convinces and the situations created by the spy Lt. Asher are believable. The conclusion is very satisfactory. My vote is eight.

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