Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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The Firing Squad 

In the Australian Army in North Africa in WW2, a military deserter is ordered executed, for a murder he probably did not commit. Disgraced Captain Adams is ordered to lead the firing squad, in exchange for restoration of his own honor. Adams struggles with his detestable assignment.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Frederick Brady (screenplay) (as Frederic Brady), Colin McDougall (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
David Niven ... Adams
John Dehner ... Gen. Hatfield
Hugh Beaumont ... Padre
Michael Pate ... Sgt. Gibbons
Jon Shepodd Jon Shepodd ... Pvt. Jones
Tom Powers ... Gen. Vincent
John Warburton ... Col. Ramsey
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In the Australian Army in North Africa in WW2, a military deserter is ordered executed, for a murder he probably did not commit. Disgraced Captain Adams is ordered to lead the firing squad, in exchange for restoration of his own honor. Adams struggles with his detestable assignment.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Just okay....
20 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode of "Four Star Playhouse" was only okay and didn't really grab my interest. The acting is okay (though why it was about Australian troops when the actors were all Americans and Brits, I have no idea) but the script left me cold.

The show begins in 1943 in North Africa. Apparently, a deserter has been sentenced to death and this is an unpopular order that no one wants to carry out. The dubious task goes to Captain Adams (David Niven)...a man already in trouble to freezing up during combat. He's offered the job...and told his previous misconduct will be ignored if he carries out the order to execute Private Jones. What's going to happen?

The problem for me is that I might have made Jones' plight a bit more vague...in a situation where his guilt would have been more questionable (such as the executions in Stanley Kubrick's brilliant "Paths of Glory"). Mildly entertaining and nothing more.


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