Aside from Vic Morrow (Sgt. Saunders) and Rick Jason (Lt. Hanley), the only actors to appear as American soldiers in both the pilot and the finale were Pierre Jalbert (PFC Caje) and Jack Hogan (I)' (Kirby). Morrow and Jason appeared in all 152 episodes. Jalbert appeared in 115, and Hogan appeared in 111. See more »
"The Partisan" is a dichotomous tale portraying American nerve & bravery and the inner strength of a beautiful woman.
After Caje & Saunders are wounded, Caje is captured by the Germans while The Sarge makes his way to Babette's (excellently played by Claudine Longet) house. She's living with Michel (excellently played by Robert Duvall) who has a past. Claiming to be a French resistance fighter, Michel finally raises eyebrows when Caje comes on the scene.
Ed Waters wrote a fine screenplay which is very realistic and forthright portraying the power of love. Every time Michel fails, the gorgeous Babette nudges him in the right direction. Vic Morrow is vintage Chip Saunders showing the usual nerve, persistence, & bravery we've all come to know. Saunders' dialog with Michel is outstanding at times; 2 great actors having at it!
Michael Caffey directed this excellent episode in which the viewing audience is treated to authentic German 88 millimeter canon fire. Excellent close-up shots throughout bring out the emotional side of the story.
And favorite German Paul Busch is featured as the ranking German officer. Ironically, he's also the German radio man in the beginning of the episode. Although his head is turned from view, the voice is unmistakable.
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