Combat! (1962–1967)
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Any Second Now 

A time bomb dropped during by the Germans crashes into a French church pining Hanley down, and only an American hating British Lt. can defuse it.


Robert Altman


Gene Levitt

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Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Alexander Davion ... Lt. David Woodman (as Alex Davion)
Elen Willard ... Nurse Anne Farell
Donald May ... Maj. Thompson
Shecky Greene ... Braddock
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Steven Rogers Steven Rogers ... Doc Walton
Émile Genest ... Emile
Jacques Roux Jacques Roux ... French Priest
Felix Reinsch Felix Reinsch ... Briefing Officer
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
James de Winter James de Winter ... Corporal
Ned Wynn Ned Wynn ... M.P.


When a time bomb crashes unexploded in a church, a rattled British officer's the only disposal expert in the sector. The Tommy seems more wired than the bomb, despite just being put on leave. He sniped at Lt. Hanley for having an innocent chat with his ex-girlfriend, then refused to join the rest of patrons in the French tavern's wine cellar during a Luftwaffe raid. Written by David Stevens

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Action | Drama | War






German | English | French

Release Date:

23 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As Lt. Hanley lay under the beam that traps him, there is a flashlight that appears and disappears on his chest. See more »

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A Tense and Dramatic Episode Directed by Robert Altman
21 May 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Sgt. Saunders and Lt. Hanley drive a jeep to Lore and while Saunders goes to a hotel to rest, Hanley goes to a tavern to have a decent meal. The nurse Anne Farell helps Hanley to order the meal since he does not speak French and they have a chat. Meanwhile her date and former British boyfriend Lt. David Woodman, who is an uptight officer, has an argument with Hanley and refuses to seek protection in the wine cellar during a bombing by the Germans. Later Woodman, who is a specialist in disarming bombs, is informed that a time bomb was dropped in the church and has not exploded. He heads to the church to blow-up the bomb and finds Hanley trapped under the debris of the church. What will Woodman do?

"Any Second Now" is a tense and dramatic episode of "Combat!" directed by Robert Altman. The plot shows how stressed a soldier may become after years of war and the friction between even allied buddies. There is practically no action scene and the conclusion is well resolved. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Qualquer Segundo" ("At Any Second")

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