Combat! (1962–1967)
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The Bridge at Chalons 

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A bitter demolition Sgt. escorted by Saunder's squad to blow up a bridge, feels his men are bunch of incompetent fools, that will get him killed before reaching the target.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Lee Marvin ... Sgt. Turk
Jack Hogan Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Tom Lowell ... Billy Nelson
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Conlan Carter Conlan Carter ... Doc
Lee Krieger ... Capt. McQuillan (as Lee Kreiger)
Rance Howard ... Wilkerson
Rudy Hansen Rudy Hansen ... German Leader (as Rudy Hanson)
Peter Hellman Peter Hellman ... German
Kurt Landen Kurt Landen ... Other German (as Kurt Landon)
Donald Ein Donald Ein ... German Corporal
Matthias Uitz Matthias Uitz ... 1st German Cyclist (as Mathias Uitz)


The squad faces elimination by Heer troops and even worse, an ultra-caustic demo expert who refuses to let Saunders guide their sortie behind German lines to destroy a bridge. The 2 battling Sergeants trade icy glares, and contrary orders, while the infantry try everything to avoid combat with Nazis because the dog-faces must put eliminating the bridge above all else. The explosives noncom's unending contempt bruises even the calloused egos of Saunders' combat vets. Which explodes first - the bridge or the mission ? Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

17 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several Germans are listed in the closing credits. In most other episodes, only known actors, and those with speaking parts are credited. See more »


The squad is to carry 100 pounds of explosives to the bridge. When the wooden crates are taken off the truck, they are handled as if empty. When the individual cardboard boxes of explosives are removed from the crates, they are empty. See more »

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9 July 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Sgt. Saunders and his squad are assigned by Lt. Hanley to protect and guide behind the German lines the rough demolition expert Sgt. Turk (Lee Marvin) and his assistant to blow-up the important bridge at Chalons and bring him back. Sgt. Tuk requests a platoon to Lt. Hanley since he does not believe Saunders and his squad will succeed in their mission, but Hanley refuses. Saunders does not want confrontation, but there are incidents and only Saunders, Tuk and Billy arrive at the bridge. What will they do?

"The Bridge at Chalons" is another engaging episode of "Combat!", with Lee Marvin as guest star in the role of an unpleasant and bitter sergeant. However Saunders steals the show with his character and personality. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Ponte de Chalons" ("The Bridge at Chalons")

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