Bill Carpenter writes:
It was still alive in 1963. Last night I watched an episode of Combat! Joan Hackett plays an aristocratic Frenchwoman whose chateau is occupied by the Wehrmacht. The pseudo-genteel German officer confiscates her family’s priceless paintings, causing her aged father’s death. Summoned to the officer’s bedroom, the Frenchwoman, pretending to yield to his advances, drives a letter opener into his guts. She hastily crosses herself. She conceals the death and slips a pistol and a map of the position to American prisoners who are being transferred. The Americans escape and use the map to organize a bombing run. The last scene is Joan Hackett sitting in a chair with the dead German at her feet, listening to the B-17’s arriving overhead. When the bombs start to hit and the roof starts falling in on top of her, she looks upwards amid the swirling dust, a restrained but joyful smile on her face.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 24, 2008 12:48 PM | Send