Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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Operation Greif 

France 1944 and in a secret camp men prepare for a daring mission. The unusual thing is that they are German soldiers who will masquerade as U.S. troops in order to cause confusion and buy ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Smight

Writer:

Jerome Ross
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Goulet ... Private LeRoy Brubaker / James O. Vitelli
Claude Akins ... Sergeant Phil Henning
Linden Chiles ... Private Buttel
Peter Helm ... Private Cutler
Don Dubbins ... Corporal Shale
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... German Colonel
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Farmer
Arlette Clark Arlette Clark ... Farmer's Wife
Karl Held Karl Held ... German Captain
Nicholas Colasanto ... 1st Military Policeman (as Nick Colasanto)
Thomas Bellin Thomas Bellin ... 2nd Military Policeman
Ray Montgomery ... Captain
Michael Masters ... German Sergeant
Ralph Thomas Ralph Thomas ... Sentry
Bart Conrad Bart Conrad ... US Interrogator
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France 1944 and in a secret camp men prepare for a daring mission. The unusual thing is that they are German soldiers who will masquerade as U.S. troops in order to cause confusion and buy time for a last gasp German Offensive. Later,five U.S. G.I.'s travel toward the front lines and begin to suspect each other of being a German infiltrator. Written by dubchi

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1964 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Roncom Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the battle scenes in this episode were taken from the film To Hell and Back (1955) which was the true story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in United States history. See more »

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Based on true incidents
14 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the show begins, it explains that the Nazis employed spies who dressed like American soldiers to try to muck up the war effort-- changing road signs, infiltrating units and carrying out assassinations. This did actually occur and was called 'Operations Grief'. Its biggest impact was during the Battle of the Bulge in the middle of the winter of 1944-45, though the show seems to be set during Fall or Spring based on their clothing and the weather--which is a tiny mistake.

A soldier in a jeep (Claude Akins) is heading to the front with blood supplies for the unit. On the way, he picks up several stragglers. Later, they start to suspect each other of being enemy agents and the men think one of them (Robert Goulet) is a Nazi! But is Goulet REALLY the Nazi...or are any of them Nazis?! The guy who knows for sure is experiencing combat fatigue and doesn't seem capable of doing anything, as he's unable to talk and seriously disturbed.

I liked this episode for two main reasons. First, as a retired history teacher I love that the story is based on fact. Second, it was very tense and kept you guessing! Well written and interesting from start to finish. It was also nice to see pretty-boy Robert Goulet doing a very nice job in a tough sort of performance.


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