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What a Shining Young Man Was Our Gallant Lieutenant 

Tod and Linc, in the Tampa, Florida area, visit Linc's former platoon leader. Unknown to Linc,the one-time peerless leader has suffered a brain injury which has reduced him mentally to a ... See full summary »

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James Goldstone

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Howard Rodman, Herbert B. Leonard (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
Glenn Corbett ... Linc Case
Dick York ... Lieutenant School
Jane Rose Jane Rose ... Mrs. School
James Brown ... Paul School
John Litel ... Mr. School
James Olson ... Thad School
Dianne Ramey Dianne Ramey ... Beth Pritchard
Arnold Soboloff Arnold Soboloff ... Dock Foreman
Carol Ann Lewis Carol Ann Lewis ... Barmaid (as Carole Ann Lewis)
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Tod and Linc, in the Tampa, Florida area, visit Linc's former platoon leader. Unknown to Linc,the one-time peerless leader has suffered a brain injury which has reduced him mentally to a child. The sad story does not affect Linc's loyalty to the man but frustrates Tod when Linc decides to stay and help. Written by dubchi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tampa, Florida, USA

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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When Beth lights her toy sailboat on fire in preparation for letting it burn while it sails away, the boat's main sail is almost completely burnt before she places it in the water. In the next shot, when she places the boat in the water, that sail, while smoking, is still in tact and unburnt. See more »

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4/26/63 "What a Shinning Young Man was Our Gallant Lieutenant"
11 December 2015 | by schappe1See all my reviews

This episode is highly regarded by most fans of the show. I find it a little uneven but memorable in a sad way. Linc finds out his old Lieutenant, (Dick York), for whom he had much respect, is living nearby and decides to pay him a visit. He finds him in his lieutenant's uniform. But something is missing. He doesn't recognize Linc. It turns out he's sustained a brain injury that deprived him of all his memory after the age of 8. In fact he thinks that he is age 8 and has the personality of a child, even if he retains some of the skills he learned as an adult.

His dream is to refurbish an old, wheel-less car that sits on cement blocks. He has succeeded and he dreams of driving around the country in it. It represents something he can control. When Linc obtains some tires, the lieutenant doesn't want them to be put on the car. Once someone else had put something on it, it's no longer his. Tod, again playing the skeptic rather than the dreamer, recognizes this and tries to convince Linc not to be "drawn into his 8 year old world", even threatening to drive off and leave him there. Eventually they drive off down the road the lieutenant will never see as he sits in his car with his proud, sad family and runs the engine for the car that can't go anyplace, except in his mind.

It's another episode you can hardly see any other show presenting.


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