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The Little Jewel 

Saunders' squad encounters a hungry French orphan gobbling rotted food in a bombed-out village. As PFC Caje doles K-rations to the boy Bijou (which means Little Jewel), the orphan swipes ... See full summary »

Director:

John Peyser

Writer:

Shirl Hendryx
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Episode cast overview:
Vic Morrow ... Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason ... Lt. Hanley
Jack Hogan ... Kirby
Pierre Jalbert ... Caje
Tom Lowell ... Billy Nelson
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Littlejohn
Conlan Carter ... Doc
Michel Petit Michel Petit ... Bijou
Mindas Masuilis Mindas Masuilis ... German Machine Gunner #1
Dieter Jacoby Dieter Jacoby ... German Machine Gunner #2
Heinz Sadler Heinz Sadler ... German Machine Gunner #3
Edward Tierney ... Scarface Sgt. (as Ed Tierney)
Paul Busch ... German Sergeant
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Saunders' squad encounters a hungry French orphan gobbling rotted food in a bombed-out village. As PFC Caje doles K-rations to the boy Bijou (which means Little Jewel), the orphan swipes Caje's wallet, and claiming he found it, asks for a reward of chocolate from the Cajun soldier. While the squad races to bomb an oil depot, the cynical Kirby suspects the Little Jewel is following along to trade the infantry's attack plan to the Germans. Is Bijou a clever child trying to simply survive or one serving whichever side it benefits him most? Written by David Stevens (updated by Robert Sieger)

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Action | Drama | War

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The Little Jewel - A Ground Breaker For Hendryx
15 July 2014 | by jmarcheseSee all my reviews

In "The Little Jewel" White Rook stumbles upon a starving war orphan Bijou (excellently played by Michel Petit) in a bombed out French village without food or proper clothing. "The Little Jewel" was forerunner to "The Little Carousel" and ironically, aired almost exactly 1 year to the day before.

Shirl Hendryx did an excellent screen writing job; the story was well conceived, thought out, and very believable. Excellent conflict is created between Bijou and the squad as we are forced to reason whether the young, wheeling & dealing kid is always acting in their best interests.

Hats off to Kirby (excellently played by Jack Hogan) who must play the antagonist role to an 8 year old child; it's always the most difficult role to play.

White Rook must destroy a refinery and with Bijou tagging along they become doubtful of his intentions. Bijou does a phenomenal job portraying his frustration as the squad becomes distrusting of him.

Director John Peyser uses flute music to highlight Bijou. The same music was later used to highlight Claudine in The Little Carousel; and it's very touching and befitting in both episodes.

I thoroughly enjoyed the episode because it addresses the war orphan issue and should remind the entire human population there's always a better alternative to war.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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