Combat! (1962–1967)
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An exasperated Hanley finds himself saddled with a 13-year-old French orphan who wants to join the squad.


Robert Altman


Gene Levitt


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Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Steven Rogers Steven Rogers ... Doc Walton
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Serge Prieur Serge Prieur ... Gilbert
Ted Knight ... Kurt
Kurt Lewin Kurt Lewin ... Karl
Ed Gilbert ... Herman
Veronique Veronique ... Hilda
Nadine Arlyn Nadine Arlyn ... Ilsa


An exasperated Hanley finds himself saddled with a 13-year-old French orphan who wants to join the squad.

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Action | Drama | War





Release Date:

22 January 1963 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Lt. Gil (Gilbert) Hanley never mentions to the French boy, Gilbert, that they have the same first name. See more »


The cigarette Sgt. Saunders smokes after Lt. Hanley has been placed on the stretcher changes length between close-ups and long shots. See more »

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The Sad War Game
20 June 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In occupied France, Lt. Hanley, Sgt. Saunders and their squad release a small village from the Germans and celebrate with the resident. When they are leaving the village, the thirteen year-old French orphan Gilbert Barole tries to join the squad to fight Germans. However, Lt. Hanley asks Caje to politely explain the boy that he is too young to fight. However, Gilbert follows the squad and when Lt. Hanley is wounded, Saunders and Caje ask the boy to take Hanley back to the village. Along their journey, they stumble upon a German squad and Gilbert hides Lt. Hanley under the bush. Then he distract the Germans to turn them away from Hanley. A German soldier gives chocolate to him and shows the photo of his daughter. When they leave the place, Gilbert takes Hanley to his home. But the Germans come to the village to ambush the American soldiers. Now Gilbert seek the squad out to let them know the danger and to learn that war is not a game.

"The Volunteer" is a very sad and dramatic episode of "Combat!". Directed by Robert Altman, there are moments of tension and the participation of the Frence boy is heartbreaking but never corny. Rick Jason has a great performance together with Serge Prieur in his only role in the cinema. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Voluntário Francês" ("The French Volunteer")

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