Combat! (1962–1967)
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A French countess walks a dangerous tightrope as she entertains a château full of German soldiers--while sheltering a wounded Hanley.


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Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
Luise Rainer ... Countess De Roy
Ramon Novarro ... Count De Roy
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
James Dobson James Dobson ... Lt. Schaefer
John Mylong ... General Kroehler
Lou Robb ... Capt. Roswald
Karl Sadler Karl Sadler ... German #1
Norbert Meisel Norbert Meisel ... German #2
Larry Gelbman Larry Gelbman ... Sentry
Kurt Kreuger ... Major Werner
Maurice Marsac ... Claude


While on a scouting mission, Lt. Hanley, Caje, and another GI run into a German machine gun nest which kills the one GI and wounds Hanley. Caje kills the two German machine gunners, and a local Frenchman takes them to the château of Count and Countess De Roy. The good news is the Countess had medical experience treating wounded in WW1; the bad news is the Chateau is occupied by the Germans. The Countess can treat the wounded Hanley, but it has to be done without the Germans knowing. After recovering somewhat, Hanley overhears valuable information about German troop movements. Now he has to get the information back to his HQ, but getting out will be much more difficult than getting in. Written by David Wile

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Action | Drama | War





Release Date:

21 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Luise Rainer was coaxed out of retirement for her role in this episode. See more »


Lt. Hanley: Claude and the countess saved our lives.
Count De Roy: Why was I not told informed about this my dear? There are Germans in tbe house. We cannot have Americans here as well. After all the war is still going on isn't it?
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The Countess and the Castle
6 January 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While in a mission to locate the German forces, Lt. Hanley and his two-man squad stumble upon a German machine gun nest. One soldier is killed, Lt. Hanley is wounded but Caje destroys the nest and rescue Hanley. While fleeing, they encounter the French Claude riding a wagon with horse and Caje asks for help. The man discloses that belongs to the French Resistance and brings them to the castle where he lives. Soon Caje realizes that the place is occupied by the Germans but Claude takes them to an empty wing. They see that Hanley needs medical treatment and Claude summons Countess De Roy, who was a nurse in the past before marrying the wealthy noble Count De Roy. She accepts to help them under the condition that they would like the caste asap. But Hanley learns that the spot will be the German HQ that he was looking for and forces the Countess to cross her civilian line.

"Finest Hour" is a great episode of "Combat!", with a moral conflict of the leading characters. The performances are top-notch with great participation of Luise Rainer. Her attitude leads to a tragedy in the end, but it might have been the best conclusion for the fate of her husband and his castle. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Hora Ideal" ("The Ideal Hour")

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