Combat! (1962–1967)
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The Short Day of Private Putnam 

A new squad member is aggressive and naive - because he's really only 15. Orville Putnam's actual age is discovered by a knowing French bartender he puts his unsubtle moves on, to impress ... See full summary »

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Bernard McEveety
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Beau Bridges ... Orville Putnam
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Tom Lowell ... Billy Nelson
Robert Sampson ... Harvey
Lilyan Chauvin ... Fauvette
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A new squad member is aggressive and naive - because he's really only 15. Orville Putnam's actual age is discovered by a knowing French bartender he puts his unsubtle moves on, to impress his fellow infantrymen. Orville swears Fauvette to secrecy, but then the squad is ordered to recon a treacherous hill whose treetops are stuffed with German snipers. Sgt. Saunders understands that Orville is covering up for his lack of combat experience, but doesn't know the whole truth about the orphaned teen. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Drama | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Beau Bridges (Putnam) played a similar role on "12 O'clock High" in a 1965 episode. See more »

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Silly Episode
17 September 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When the new replacement Pvt. Orville Putnam arrives to Saunders' squad, he tries to pose of an experienced soldier but he does not convince anybody. The French bartender Fauvette finds that Putnam is only a fifteen year-old soldier but when she decides to disclose the information to Lt. Hanley, the teenager is already in a dangerous assignment with Saunders and the squad in a forest with German snipers. How will finish the short day of Private Putnam?

"The Short Day of Private Putnam" is a silly episode of "Combat!". The story of a fifteen year-old boy awarded in botanical study that join the American Army "o find buddies" is not only silly, but also senseless. The guy's attitude is aggressive and pretentious most of the time. In addition, the 23 year-old Beau Bridges does not look like a 15 year-old boy. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Dia Curto do Soldado Putnam" ("The Short Day of Private Putnam")


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