Combat! (1962–1967)
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I Swear by Apollo 

Behind enemy lines, Saunders and his men struggle to keep a critically wounded French partisan alive.

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Robert Altman

Writer:

Gene Levitt
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Episode cast overview:
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Steven Rogers Steven Rogers ... Doc Walton
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Gunnar Hellström ... Dr. Belzer
John Considine ... Pvt. Wayne Temple
Arnold Merritt ... Pvt. Jerome Crown
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Bresson
Maya Van Horn Maya Van Horn ... Mother Superior
Betty Tessman Betty Tessman ... Nun
John A. Neris John A. Neris ... Frenchman (as John Neris)
Philip Abbott ... Capt. Correlli
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Sgt. Saunders and his squad are taken a French partisan with vital information to the Allied intelligence through a mine field. Out of the blue, one mine blows up and wounds the Frenchman and Pvt. Wayne Temple. Saunders and his squad brings the wounded men to a convent with weir silent nuns and only the Mother Superior is allowed to speak and let them stay in the convent. Saunders requests a doctor by radio since the Frenchman cannot be moved and Lt. Hanley and his men bring a doctor to operate the partisan. However the doctor has a heart attack after the long walking and Saunders and Caje head to the local hospital to seek out a doctor. When Dr. Belzer undresses his coat, they realize that he is a German officer. Further, he overhears the Frenchman speaking about his information in delirium. What will prevail: his oath or the war? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Action | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Hippocratic Oath
17 June 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Sgt. Saunders and his squad are taken a French partisan with vital information to the Allied intelligence through a mine field. Out of the blue, one mine blows up and wounds the Frenchman and Pvt. Wayne Temple. Saunders and his squad brings the wounded men to a convent with weir silent nuns and only the Mother Superior is allowed to speak and let them stay in the convent. Saunders requests a doctor by radio since the Frenchman cannot be moved and Lt. Hanley and his men bring a doctor to operate the partisan. However the doctor has a heart attack after the long walking and Saunders and Caje head to the local hospital to seek out a doctor. When Dr. Belzer undresses his coat, they realize that he is a German officer. Further, he overhears the Frenchman speaking about his information in delirium. What will prevail: his oath or the war?

Directed by Robert Altmn, "I Swear by Apollo" is an engaging episode of "Combat!". The plot shows creepy nuns that seem to be unaware of the war outside the convent burying a sister in the beginning and the irony of the death of the American doctor. But the best line is in the end, when Saunders asks about the Hippocratic Oath to Dr. Belzer that replies with a question whether Saunders would have created such a mess if the Frenchmen did not have important information. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Eu Juro por Apolo" ("I Swear by Apollo")


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