The BEST episodes directed by John Peyser

The Party
star
10.09
33 votes

#1 - The Party

Combat! - Season 2 - Episode 15

This episode is strictly for laughs. The squad is left in a French village to wait for a ride to meet up with Saunders and Kirby is placed in charge. Three good looking gals smile at our guys as they pass by. Kirby, Caje, and Billy immediately want to delay their ride so they can woo the gals. Three Explosive Ordinance Disposal sergeants already have dates with the gals, and our guys connive to beat the sergeants out of their dates.

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Thunder from the Hill
star
10.03
34 votes

#2 - Thunder from the Hill

Combat! - Season 2 - Episode 14

Lt. Hanley and the squad are en route to meet a commander of the Free French Army, but require a guide. Massine (Peter Whitney) is a strong-willed, determined man who has a small band of underground fighters. Before Massine will lead Lt. Hanley to Capt. Boulange, he has an agenda of his own to accomplish, and bends Hanley to his will.

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Vendetta
star
9.88
7 votes

#3 - Vendetta

Combat! - Season 3 - Episode 2

Lt. Hanley and his men are rescued by Greek Colonel Kapsalis and his squadron of fast moving jeeps with mounted machine guns. Kapsalis is a gung-ho, no-holds-barred soldier fighting a personal vendetta against the Germans. He orders Lt. Hanley and his men to join him in an attack. Between actions, he shares his gonzo life philosophy with Hanley.

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A Distant Drum
star
9.67
8 votes

#4 - A Distant Drum

Combat! - Season 2 - Episode 10

A wounded Lt. Hanley is pursued by a squad of Germans, and takes refuge in a French farmhouse at great peril to the mother and daughter living there.

The Little Jewel
star
9.56
8 votes

#5 - The Little Jewel

Combat! - Season 2 - Episode 9

Saunders' squad encounters orphan boy Bijou (Michel Petit) gobbling rotted food in a bombed-out village. The squad gives him K-rations and chocolate, but Kirby distrusts him and suspects he is feeding information to the Germans. The squad races to bomb an oil depot. When Caje is captured, they begin to think Kirby may be right.

Gideon's Army
star
8.83
6 votes

#6 - Gideon's Army

Combat! - Season 2 - Episode 16

Saunders' squad finds a concentration camp occupied by a few starving Poles. In their hurry to flee, the Germans left them behind. The squad has orders to move on, but few of the prisoners are able to walk. A German platoon is approaching. The men's leader begs Saunders to stay and protect them, while their former overseer, also a Pole, wants to walk out with the squad before the prisoners kill him.

What Are the Bugles Blowin' For? (1)
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8.67
3 votes

#7 - What Are the Bugles Blowin' For? (1)

Combat! - Season 2 - Episode 25

In the first of a two-episode story, amid an Allied retreat, Saunders and his men must get the retreat order to a British infantry unit behind enemy lines. After they fight through German lines to bring the message, British Captain Johns orders Saunders and his men to help him defend the rail depot. Does Capt. Johns value his reputation over the lives of his men?

Birthday Cake
star
8.67
3 votes

#8 - Birthday Cake

Combat! - Season 3 - Episode 15

Littlejohn receives a birthday cake from his mother with the explicit instructions not to open it until the 21st. He carries it on a dangerous patrol into enemy territory.

Masquerade
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8.56
9 votes

#9 - Masquerade

Combat! - Season 2 - Episode 3

Cpl. Arnold Kanger (James Coburn) and a lieutenant have a captive German colonel when their jeep hits a land mine. Saunders and his squad bring them to their Company HQ for first aid. Saunders slowly begins to suspect there is something wrong when Kanger makes slight mistakes while speaking and interacting with the other men.

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The Hell Machine
star
8.50
2 votes

#10 - The Hell Machine

Combat! - Season 3 - Episode 28

When their jeep hits a land mine, Saunders, a tank captain, and private Gavin attempt to maneuver an abandoned German tank through enemy territory.

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The Raider
star
8.50
4 votes

#11 - The Raider

Combat! - Season 4 - Episode 16

Hanley is captured by the infamous SS Captain Reichhardt. Saunders captures Reichhardt's men but does not learn the location of Hanley.

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The Fatal Chase Raid
star
8.31
13 votes

#12 - The Fatal Chase Raid

The Rat Patrol - Season 1 - Episode 8

The Patrol manages to ambush a German unit that is carrying US POWs. Three of these POWs are apparently out to kill each other. Sgt. Gribs -- whose cowardliness caused his men to become captured -- is fighting against Tex and Eddie -- who want revenge. Gribs bargains with Troy for protection, telling Troy that he has information vital to US Command. They start back to HQ, but one of the unit's jeeps breaks down. They continue to travel slowly across the desert until they can capture a German vehicle. Gribs parcels out small hints of his ""vital"" information to keep himself safe. It all ends in heroism -- or something close.

The Duel
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8.18
11 votes

#13 - The Duel

Combat! - Season 3 - Episode 4

The Germans, caught in an allied pincer movement, launch an all-out assault. Sgt. Saunders, alone, encounters an American supply truck and hitches a ride. While a flat tire proves very difficult to change, Saunders plays cat and mouse with an approaching Panzer and its commander.

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The Last Harbor Raid (3)
star
8.13
8 votes

#14 - The Last Harbor Raid (3)

The Rat Patrol - Season 1 - Episode 17

The plan is for the fishing fleet to bring out the prisoners, Dunkirk-fashion. However, a Nazi patrol boat has intercepted the boats. The fishermen believe that Marinanne is a collaborator. Sgt. Troy, though, disagrees and he's right. Marianne talks the fishermen into cooperating, and the prisoners make good their escape.

The Do or Die Raid
star
8.08
13 votes

#15 - The Do or Die Raid

The Rat Patrol - Season 1 - Episode 6

A large Panzer unit has a map showing a strategic oasis occupied by the Eighth Armored. U.S. Intelligence wants the map exchanged for a phony one which would show the oasis as empty. Accompanied by a veteran map expert, Sgt. Griffin, Troy and his men start into the German HQ. At midnight, using bows and arrows for weapons, they go into the area but Griffin has a heart attack and the team is trapped in the commander's office. In the end, Troy bullies the ""expert"" into keeping up the effort until they are finally able to finish the mission, whereupon Troy ends up endangering his own life to get Griffin out of the town.

The Otto Frick Story
star
8.05
62 votes

#16 - The Otto Frick Story

The Untouchables - Season 2 - Episode 10

The night of May 3rd, 1934. A traveling carnival is at the Midway, 35 miles outside of Cleveland. There are half a dozen bellydancers on stage, as the barker goes, ""Hurry, hurry, hurry,"" and a sign reads: ""One dime shows you the best hootchy koochy show in the world!"" Hans Eberhardt, twice convicted for armed robbery and dope peddling, spots Ness and his Untouchables and the local police about to pull a raid; he runs to the office trailer of carny Otto Frick. Hans grabs 2 suitcases, then Otto takes a can of gasoline and torches the trailer; they escape in a speeding car before Ness can catch them. It is a minor setback for Ness, who had spent the last 7 months investigating and making raids, and was finally ready to move in on Otto Frick-- whose 37 traveling enterprises were just a cover for his nationwide dope ring. Ness continues with roundups and raids in the following weeks. Suspecting that Frick might be getting his drugs from legitimate manufacturers, Ness and his men go to

The Waxey Gordon Story
star
8.00
2 votes

#17 - The Waxey Gordon Story

The Untouchables - Season 2 - Episode 4

New Jersey, the night of April 16, 1931. Waxey Gordon, the undisputed beer baron of New York, is muscling in on New Jersey, which is run by Frankie Dunn, ""Bugs"" Donovan and Roger Weiden. Waxey is waging a gang war to eliminate rival gangsters for control of the Jersey beer market. Waxey and his boys smash into a brewery owned and run by Frankie Dunn; they blast with their choppers until the large beer vats, Frankie and his workers are filled with holes. Next day, John Carvell, U.S. Attorney for the southern district of New York, sends for Ness and his men. Ness and Lee Hobson drop in at Waxey's live theatre, where beautiful showgirl Flo Ingalls is doing her act in a sequined one-piece swimsuit. Later, Ness and Hobson go to Waxey's office to arrest him, but Flo (still in costume) provides his alibi, saying she was with Waxey all last night. April 18, in a private office at the swank Nest nightclub, there is a council of war: ""Bugs"" Donovan is convinced the N.Y. Syndicate is behind

The Enemy
star
8.00
1 votes

#18 - The Enemy

Combat! - Season 3 - Episode 16

Hanley reluctantly accepts a captured German lieutenant's offer to disarm the mines his men have hidden.

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Beneath the Ashes
star
8.00
2 votes

#19 - Beneath the Ashes

Combat! - Season 3 - Episode 32

Lt. Hanley gets word that the wife of one of his men, Steve Kovac (Chad Everett), is dying. Hanley decides not to bring him in from patrol until they get confirmation from Red Cross, but the patrol soon becomes trapped in the basement of a German command post.

Evasion
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8.00
5 votes

#20 - Evasion

Combat! - Season 4 - Episode 6

Lieutenant Hanley is a POW in an ancient castle. Because he has strategic information, his fellow prisoners provide him with a fake Albanian uniform and papers for his escape, which begins a long and harrowing trip to the Allied lines.

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Design for Dying
star
8.00
5 votes

#21 - Design for Dying

Mannix - Season 8 - Episode 22

A soft case with plush lining gives Mannix cause for uneasiness.

The Big Train (1)
star
7.97
35 votes

#22 - The Big Train (1)

The Untouchables - Season 2 - Episode 12

Movie: ""The Alcatraz Express"" (Disclaimer shown on screen) ""The events portrayed in this film are fictitious. The Federal Prison guards portrayed do not represent any actual persons, living or dead. ""Nothing herein is intended to reflect unfavorably on the courageous and responsible prison guards who supervised Capone during his internment in the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta and during his transfer from Atlanta to Alcatraz."" Chicago, October 17, 1931. The 11-day trial of Al Capone ended, with the judge fining him $56,000 and sentencing him to 11 years in the Federal penitentiaries. On May 3, 1932, Capone is taken from Cook County jail to the Dearborn Station, to take a train to Atlanta. Nitti and his boys are there, as are Ness and his men. There is also a large crowd; to many of them, Al Capone, who had donated a few million dollars (peanuts to him) to support public charities like soup kitchens, he is sort of a hero. One well-wisher yells to Capone (referring to the Atlanta

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A Case of Identity
star
7.91
10 votes

#23 - A Case of Identity

The Rifleman - Season 2 - Episode 17

Mark finds himself in grave danger when two unscrupulous detectives searching for a man's long-lost son claim that it is Mark.

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The Dare-Devil Rescue Raid
star
7.88
16 votes

#24 - The Dare-Devil Rescue Raid

The Rat Patrol - Season 1 - Episode 14

German artillery traps 2000 Allied soldiers and their only chance of rescue is an Allied armored attack. The necessary equipment, though, can only reach them in time via an ancient road which is now hidden by sand, a road only Moffitt's father can find. On the way to the landing site, Moffitt's father's plane crashes. Moffitt wants to go find him but Troy insists their first priority is to find the road themselves. Moffitt breaks away and goes to find his father but finds only the burned-out plane. Troy thinks the elder Moffitt must be dead. Moffitt says he was captured. Again Moffitt escapes the team and goes after his father -- finally rescuing him.

Ride a Dark Trail
star
7.86
14 votes

#25 - Ride a Dark Trail

The Virginian - Season 2 - Episode 1

The Virginian accidentally comes upon, and is held at gunpoint by, young Lon Mortison (Buzz Martin). The boy had been searching for a gambler who he thinks is responsible for his father's suicide and had already shot and wounded a man who interfered. In order to convince the boy to give himself up, the Virginian recounts in flashback how Trampas first came to Shiloh Ranch. He came seeking revenge on Judge Garth who had been forced to kill Trampas' father (Sonny Tufts) in self-defence. This object lesson serves to get Lon to realize the error of his actions and convince him to surrender to the Sheriff.

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Operation Fly Trap
star
7.86
7 votes

#26 - Operation Fly Trap

Combat! - Season 3 - Episode 7

Bringing a wounded Doc to safety, Saunders, Caje, and communication Sergeant Meider stumble upon a German unit setting up a command post. Under constant harassment from Meider, Saunders must balance life, death, and the opportunity to capture an infamous German Colonel.

The Moment of Truce Raid
star
7.82
17 votes

#27 - The Moment of Truce Raid

The Rat Patrol - Season 1 - Episode 10

Fanatical Arabs -- wanting to end the war on their land -- attack both the Rat Patrol and the German convoy that Dietrich leads, trapping both in a small desert fortress. This forces the two teams into a truce. One of the Germans -- a liasion to the Arabs -- tries to talk Dietrich into betraying the Rat Patrol to the Arabs but he refuses. In the end the liasion tries to go over to the Arabs himself. He ends up killed, and Dietrich and Troy are able to construct a trap of their own -- killing most of the Arabs and escaping.

Jack 'Legs' Diamond
star
7.80
5 votes

#28 - Jack 'Legs' Diamond

The Untouchables - Season 2 - Episode 2

New York, 1931. While many people were unemployed and poor during the Depression, gangster-owned speakeasies and nightclubs created a new mobster aristocracy. One top mobster is Jack ""Legs"" Diamond -- known to the Underworld as ""the Clay Pigeon"" because of the many times he'd been shot at, and survived. Although he's married, Jack Diamond carries on openly with lovely canary Dawn Dolan, who sings at the Hotsey Totsey Club, a nightclub Jack owns; his philandering is in the newspapers all the time. The mob hates all the publicity he is drawing to himself-- and therefore might draw to them. When Jack gets his picture taken for the newspapers once too often, there's another rubout attempt on Jack; again, he survives, but the 19-year-old parking valet standing next to him gets hit by the shotgun blasts.

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Breakout
star
7.80
5 votes

#29 - Breakout

Combat! - Season 4 - Episode 14

Facing a German advance, Saunders and squad are ordered to destroy a valley of construction equipment, to keep it out of the hands of the Germans. The owner, Vertrain (Fernando Lamas), is willing to kill to save the equipment.

The Last Harbor Raid (2)
star
7.75
12 votes

#30 - The Last Harbor Raid (2)

The Rat Patrol - Season 1 - Episode 16

Moffitt and Hitch (dressed as Germans) find Bertaine's daughter and tell her of her father's death. Then they take her home - after they tell her who they really are. They also tell her that they need to use the fishing fleet to accomplish their mission. Meanwhile, Troy secretly meets with American POW liaison officer Indrus. Troy then joins Moffitt at the house of El Gamil. Informed of the plan, El Gamil dispatches his men to the various harbor areas to alert the fishermen. Troy sets the action to begin at dawn.

The Lady from Baltimore
star
7.75
15 votes

#31 - The Lady from Baltimore

Bonanza - Season 3 - Episode 17

An overbearing friend of the family tries to force her daughter into marrying Joe, though she does not love him. The situation grows more complex when Adam stumbles onto the scheme.

The Green Opal Affair
star
7.74
53 votes

#32 - The Green Opal Affair

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Season 1 - Episode 6

In the Yucatan, THRUSH agent Walter Brach (Carroll O'Connor) brainwashes important people from many nations to be "time bombs" who will return to their jobs and do THRUSH's bidding. After eluding Brach's henchmen Chuke (Shuji J. Nozawa) and his leopards, Solo and housewife Chris Linnel (Joan O'Brien) enlist the aid of Mrs. Karda (Dovima), Brach's numerologist, to help them escape.

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The Lighthouse Raid
star
7.71
14 votes

#33 - The Lighthouse Raid

The Rat Patrol - Season 1 - Episode 13

Tully and Moffitt transport a liberated French underground general to a rendezvous in a deserted lighthouse. Hitchcock stands lookout, disguised as a German guard. Troy, though, is held captive inside the lighthouse -- betrayed by Mathias. Moffitt tries to reach him but ends up unconscious. In the ensuing fight, Mathias is killed and Troy manages to signal the trawler into the area to take the general to safety.

Ring Of Life
star
7.67
3 votes

#34 - Ring Of Life

Hawaii Five-O - Season 7 - Episode 18

A million dollar reward for the return of five figurines sparks off a trail of murder and theft that leads to Hawaii.

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Counter-Punch
star
7.67
6 votes

#35 - Counter-Punch

Combat! - Season 2 - Episode 22

As the Germans make a breakthrough, rear-echelon troops are ordered to prepare for battle. Never able to form into a fighting force, they become stragglers separated from any cohesive unit. Saunders and Caje are also separated and pick up several of the rear-echelon stragglers, now deep in German territory. While the rear-echelon troops have no combat experience, they each contribute in their own way in the effort to punch back and return to their lines.

The Chain of Death Raid
star
7.63
24 votes

#36 - The Chain of Death Raid

The Rat Patrol - Season 1 - Episode 5

The Patrol captures a German truck at the end of a partially destroyed convoy. In the process, though, Troy and Dietrich end up alone in the desert -- a stand-off until Arab slave traders arrive and capture both, hauling them deeper into the southern desert on the first leg of the slave trail. Troy and Dietrich escape but are chained together and must make their way back to ""civilization"" through the heat, the sand, and the enemy -- both enemies. They agree, after both are nearly dead with exposure, to cooperate. The truce ends when they arrive at Dietrich's column, but before they get down to the convoy, Troy trips and Dietrich ends up unconscious. Troy frees himself and Dietrich is picked up by his people. Troy rejoins Hitch, who has been driving along at the end of the column. They reach an oasis and Troy is able to place the explosives which were the purpose of this farce in the first place. The oasis blows up and the Rat Patrol, again, escapes.

... And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin
star
7.60
45 votes

#37 - ... And They Painted Daisies On His Coffin

Hawaii Five-O - Season 1 - Episode 7

Danny Williams is accused of shooting an apparently unarmed young boy. Meanwhile, in his investigation, McGarrett comes up against Big Chicken, a nasty dope dealer.

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The Farmer
star
7.56
9 votes

#38 - The Farmer

Combat! - Season 4 - Episode 5

Troubled when the squad forcibly evacuates a French farm family, Iowa-bred Pvt. Noah plants the family's crops. His love for the land and farming overshadow his obligations as a soldier.

Light Fingers
star
7.56
9 votes

#39 - Light Fingers

Tales of the Unexpected - Season 5 - Episode 11

Joan Stackpole wants a quiet life. Even talking to her husband Ralph is an ordeal she prefers to avoid. Meanwhile, Ralph has a big problem - someone is stealing the gloves from his glove factory, and the pilfering is throwing all his staff under suspicion, including Cotter, his designer. When Ralph can take no more, he hires a private eye, who forms an ingenious plan to catch the thief, and Ralph tells Joan about it over breakfast. Ralph swears he will get rid of the culprit - but then traces of the thief start turning up in unexpected places...

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6,000 Deadly Tickets
star
7.50
2 votes

#40 - 6,000 Deadly Tickets

Hawaii Five-O - Season 7 - Episode 24

Five-O works with a air traffic investigator in order to put a stop to illegal ticket sales which have already cost several lives.

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What Are the Bugles Blowin' For? (2)
star
7.50
2 votes

#41 - What Are the Bugles Blowin' For? (2)

Combat! - Season 2 - Episode 26

In the conclusion to a two-episode story, Capt. Johns, a Sandhurst graduate and son of a general, insists on holding the depot against a much larger and better equipped enemy force. Whether his motivation is his reputation or strategy is unclear, but Saunders fears it is suicide. A series of withering attacks and bloody battles test Johns' will.

The Long Wait
star
7.50
2 votes

#42 - The Long Wait

Combat! - Season 3 - Episode 25

A German machine gun pins down Saunders and company along with four badly wounded GIs, a load of munitions, and a truck driver. Saunders must weigh getting the wounded men to medical aid against getting the munitions to the more than 100 men who need them at the front, while being unable to go anywhere until the machine gun emplacement is destroyed.

The Mockingbird
star
7.50
4 votes

#43 - The Mockingbird

Combat! - Season 4 - Episode 17

Lt. Hanley, Caje, Kirby, and Pvt. Banning are sent behind German lines to find an American intelligence officer, Capt. Thorpe, who has important intelligence to get back to American G2. Three days before a big German advance, a German spy poses as a downed American flyer, Lt. Asher, to secure information on the French underground.

High Jinx
star
7.49
236 votes

#44 - High Jinx

Black Sheep Squadron - Season 1 - Episode 4

Greg and Larry go to Espritos for a special briefing. Greg learns that the Japanese have a new kind of zero that is more difficult to shoot down. He and other squadron leaders are advised to not engage the enemy until a viable defense can be found. Greg can't believe that they are being told not to fight. After the meeting he goes to find Larry. He is in the middle of a poker game with several other officers. Greg watches them finish one hand then tells Casey that it is time to go. Before they leave one of the other players stands up and introduces himself to Greg as Doug Rafferty. When they are alone Larry tells Greg that Doug is Admiral Rafferty's son, and Boyington quickly deducts that Doug would come in handy as a contact if he was to be in the 214th. Pulling a few strings he has Rafferty assigned to the Black Sheep Squadron. When Doug arrives at Vella La Cava and deplanes, a mechanic tells Jim Gutterman that he won't believe who got off the transport...Doug Rafferty. Jim l

The Case of the Difficult Detour
star
7.45
33 votes

#45 - The Case of the Difficult Detour

Perry Mason - Season 4 - Episode 21

Contactor Pete Mallory is charged with the murder of a vacation resort developer.

The Wildest Raid of All
star
7.45
29 votes

#46 - The Wildest Raid of All

The Rat Patrol - Season 1 - Episode 3

As a prequel to capturing General Ernest von Helmreich, the Rat Patrol gets itself captured. They plan to use the general to stop an upcoming attack. However the general manages to attract the attention of a distant Nazi search party and the Rat Patrol ends up trapped in a ravine, cut off. To escape they construct a ""fake panzer unit"" of their own -- tricking the Germans into a retreat. They then make it to the largest of the Germans' ammo dumps which they proceed to blow up.

The Case of the Misguided Missile
star
7.42
33 votes

#47 - The Case of the Misguided Missile

Perry Mason - Season 4 - Episode 25

Jerry Reynolds, an old war buddy of Perry's, is accused of killing an officer at Vandenburg Air Force Base during the investigation into some mysterious missile crashes.

Heritage
star
7.40
5 votes

#48 - Heritage

Combat! - Season 3 - Episode 30

Hanley and Kirby escort Corporal Velásquez (Charles Bronson), an artsy demolition expert, on a dangerous mission to destroy a heavily fortified and guarded observation post so that the Americans can advance through the valley below.

Kiss of Death Girl
star
7.33
3 votes

#49 - Kiss of Death Girl

The Untouchables - Season 2 - Episode 8

Chicago, September 8, 1932. That night, a convoy of 4 trucks, which had crossed the Canadian border, are driving towards Chicago; they are hauling 1,000 cases of Canadian scotch, valued at over $100,000. Ness and his Untouchables have set up a roadblock just outside of town. 7-8 miles up ahead of Ness there is another roadblock, set up by gangster Phil Corbin, owner of Chicago's Club Continental; he's waiting with his boys to hijack the convoy. Riding along in the lead truck of the convoy is Whitey Barrows-- ostensibly he's running the whiskey in for his boss, Lou ""The Rooster"" Scalese, but he's actually double-crossing him, Whitey tipped Corbin. Corbin's boys stop the trucks. Whitey tells Corbin they make a good team, and Scalese will blame the feds for the heist. But Corbin doesn't trust double-crossers-- he lines Whitey up with the 4 truck drivers, and then Corbin's boys mow them down with choppers. Corbin and his boys drive the convoy into town via a different route, bypass

The Dove Affair
star
7.28
18 votes

#50 - The Dove Affair

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Season 1 - Episode 12

When a minor European leader is assassinated, Solo steals a medallion from his body containing a microdot listing the THRUSH agents in the country, but must elude the secret police and outwit intelligence agent Satine (Ricardo Montalban), who also wants the medal. Teacher and tour guide Sara Taub (June Lockhart) and her high school students are used by Solo to try and sneak the medal over the border.

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