Combat! (1962–1967)
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Sgt. Saunders' squad blames his bad treatment of likable new member Trenton on his foul mood caused by a letter he has just received but actually Saunders believes Trenton is a coward who fakes injuries to avoid battle.

Director:

Bernard McEveety

Writer:

Arnold Belgard
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Jack Hogan Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Tom Lowell ... Billy Nelson
Ray Fulmer Ray Fulmer ... Holmes
Fred Harris II Fred Harris II ... Smitty (as Fred Harris)
Ed Deemer Ed Deemer ... German #1
Michael Masters ... NCO (as Mike Masters)
James Best ... Trenton
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Storyline

While waiting for the next assignment, Sgt. Saunders and his squad receive the mail call. Saunders receives a letter and changes his mood and stays apart from his squad. Meanwhile the new replacement, Private Trenton, joins his squad. Trenton is a nice guy with a wounded knee but Saunders gives a bad treatment to him. The squad believes the reason is Saunder's mysterious letter and Trenton is assigned to join their recon patrol in German lines. Why is Saunders being so hard with Trenton? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Saunders tells Trenton about the letter he got about his brother being missing in action. At the end of the episode, Saunders tells Trenton that his brother walked safely out of the jungle two days ago, but Trenton acts as if he didn't realize that the friend Saunders was talking about was Saunders' brother. See more »

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The Coward and The Letter
14 September 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While waiting for the next assignment, Sgt. Saunders and his squad receive the mail call. Saunders receives a letter and changes his mood and stays apart from his squad. Meanwhile the new replacement, Private Trenton, joins his squad. Trenton is a nice guy with a wounded knee but Saunders gives a bad treatment to him. The squad believes the reason is Saunder's mysterious letter and Trenton is assigned to join their recon patrol in German lines. Why is Saunders being so hard with Trenton?

"Mail Call" is another great episode of "Combat!", with a good story. What are the news that have affected Saunders is only disclosed near the end. Trenton's cowardice is known since the beginning when he displaces his knee and explains his scar on the face. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Correspondência" ("The Correspondence")


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