Combat! (1962–1967)
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Sauders accuses twice-decorated Private Stevens of disobeying an order and thereby getting two other GIs killed.

Director:

Alan Crosland Jr.

Writer:

Edward J. Lakso
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Don Gordon ... Pvt. Stevens
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Pvt. Clark
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Pvt. Marshall
Rand Brooks ... G.I. Lieutenant
Walter Gregg Walter Gregg ... Pvt. Coates
Bob Hoy ... G.I. on Radio (as Robert Hoy)
Paul Busch ... German Captain
Bob Turnbull Bob Turnbull ... G.I. Corporal
Robert Champion Robert Champion ... German Sergeant
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Storyline

Saunders accuses a soldier Pvt. Stephens [Don Gordon] who has a Silver Star and a Distinguished Service Cross, of disobeying orders and causing the deaths of two other soldiers. After taking him to the Squad base, Lt. Hanley decides he should be taken to HQ to be formally charged. On the way, Saunders, Stephens and their driver come under fire from a German Patrol. The driver is killed and while Saunders tries to call for help from HQ, Stephens rushes the Germans and is killed in the process. Written by Stevo15

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Don Gordon had been in many TV roles since the early fifties, but he didn't rate an opening helmet credit as a guest star. See more »

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When Saunders and Stevens are getting into the jeep to go to battalion HQ, Saunders puts his hand on the jeep, preparing to get in the front seat, but Stevens gets in first and Saunders goes around him to the back seat. These appear to be the correct seating positions since, in the next scene while they are on the road, they are still in the same seats. See more »

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A Lack of Logic in Battle
3 October 2014 | by jmarcheseSee all my reviews

"Crossfire" is a story about a compulsive soldier Private Stevens (excellently played by Don Gordon) who is programmed to operate in only one mode. Sometimes this mode is appropriate; it brings Stevens medals and promotions. But at other times the mode can prove very costly.

Sergeant Saunders first meets Stevens at Omaha Beach on D-Day. At that time he notices Stevens' one mode operation flaw the extent and effect of which are very subtle. Later Saunders runs into Stevens in the presence of a German Captain POW (played by Paul Busch) where the single mode takes over Stevens' behavior with more obvious results. Ultimately, the ball has to cross over into the other court and what happens tells the story.

Ed Lakso wrote this screenplay which makes for an average story. Heavy artillery and special effect scenes are excellent; again, a testament to the superb work of A. D. Flowers in conjunction with Director Alan Crosland Jr. We are told the story in retrospect after Saunders ultimate conflict with Stevens. Don Gordon puts on a fine performance as poor Private Stevens who means well but is condemned into this subconscious one mode operation.

The cannon fire during the beach scene makes me regret not ever having fired one of these huge guns. The opening sequence is designed to keep the viewer in suspense as to what the issue really is. Definitely worth watching!


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