Saturday, June 06, 2020

Combat! The Normandy Landing

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix
Last revised on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 2:05 a.m.

Combat! Classic TV, a Look Back at the Squad's Normandy Landing


Published on Jul 9, 2009

Combat! episode looking back on the squad's D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach, all the blood, the loss and relief to those who survived. Back when Shecky Green was on the show. This is the third time I've had to re-write this and found my text missing, video not in the right category, keywords gone or screwed up PLEASE youtube, do not make any more changes it is inviting hackers or gremblins or whatever to destroy a lot of time consuming work.

ex: Shecky and Green are not TWO KEY WORDS. I fixed it. Vic and Morrow are NOT two key words. Ditto.

Who did this, Youtube?

N.S.: I'm going to try and find and re-post the entire episode. Combat! may well have been the greatest dramatic series in the history of the medium.


Combat!: “A Day in June” summary

"A Day in June," S1, E11
8.2 (67)
Written by Robert Pirosh
Directed by Boris Sagal
First aired 18 December 1962 Intro:

In a flashback story told as the men rest on a rainy night, Sgt. Saunders recalls the experiences of himself and several other men on the day of the D-Day invasion, including tales about Braddock, who won the platoon pool for when the invasion would take place; Doc Walton, who was reluctant to go into battle; Caje (called "Caddie" in this episode), who is accompanied by another Cajun; and Lt. Hanley, who at the time was still a sergeant, and had little battle experience compared to Saunders. Following the landing, the men move inland and come upon a farmstead held by a squad of German infantry.


N.S.: I believe this episode was shot first, but was only shown 11th.

It was written by the show’s brilliant creator, Robert Pirosh, and directed by Boris Sagal.

Pirosh had a long and brilliant career as a Hollywood screenwriter, and won an Oscar for his original story and screenplay for Wild Bill Wellman’s 1949 masterpiece, Battleground, and was nominated for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay, for Go for Broke! (1951), another true story about the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which was composed entirely of Nisei (American-born Japanese), which served in the European Theater of Operations, and which was the most decorated unit in American military history. (Pirosh also directed Go for Broke!.)

Pirosh’s screenplay for Battleground was based on his experiences as a master sergeant during the Battle of the Bulge, as one of the “battered bastards of Bastogne.”

Sagal, who was nominated for four Emmys, went on to have an excellent career as a director of TV movies, miniseries, and theatrical features (The Omega Man, 1971), which unfortunately ended in 1981 when a preoccupied Sagal exited a helicopter and went the wrong way, walking too close to its rear rotor propeller, while making the TV miniseries World War III.

In 1982, Combat’s! brilliant co-star and occasional director, Vic Morrow, who had been nominated for one Emmy, would die in a similarly gruesome fashion, while making John Landis’ The Twilight Zone: The Movie, when a stunt helicopter pilot crashed, decapitating Morrow and two Vietnamese child actors, My-ca Dinh Le and Renee Chen.

Landis was prosecuted, along with four other men, for involuntary manslaughter, but they all got off, scot-free.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Given the current crisis, the Normandy Invasion and the 6th of June forgotten. I hate to think forever but I fear it to be so.