Braddock, while on duty as Lt. Hanley's runner, is "appropriated" by a tough-talking, overbearing colonel as his jeep driver. Unfortunately the colonel decides to drive the jeep himself, and his reckless driving results in an accident in which both men are knocked unconscious. When Braddock awakens he is captured by a German patrol, but since he happens to be wearing the colonel's coat--which he put on to keep warm while the colonel was zooming around the countryside--the Germans think that he actually IS a colonel, and nothing Braddock can say or do will convince them otherwise. Written by
When Braddock, as Col. Clyde, demands that the Germans feed the American enlisted POWs, one of the German officers turns to a guard he addresses as "Gefreiter [Corporal] Hauser" and tells him to feed the men. This is an "in-joke"--Robert B. Hauser was one of the series' cinematographers and, in fact, shot this episode. See more »
While working as runner for Lt. Hanley, Braddock accepts to serve as the driver of the boastful and noisy Col. Clyde. He asks Braddock to have a shower and wear clean clothes, and he forgets his identification tag in the bathroom. The colonel decides to drive the jeep in high- speed and Braddock sneezes. Col. Clyde gives his coat to Braddock but soon he has an accident. The jeep falls off a bridge, the colonel vanishes and Braddock faints on the road. A German patrols finds Braddock and mistakenly takes him as an American colonel. Braddock first discloses the truth but the Germans do not believe him / Braddock decides to pose as a colonel to have a better treatment for him and other privates. Meanwhile Col. Clyde returns to his base while the Germans propose to exchange Braddock per a German colonel captured by the allied forces. What will happen to Braddock?
"The Prisoner" is a witty episode of "Combat!" directed by Robert Altman. Braddock steals the show posing as a colonel and enjoying the privilege of an officer even as a prisoner. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): ("O Prisioneiro")
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