1 9 7 3 – 1 9 7 4 (USA)
30 minute episodes
Roll Out! was based on the fantasy that World War II was a barrel of fun – something the makers of Hogan’s Heroes worked on very successfully for many years.
Set in France, the series was about the (mostly black) truck drivers of the 5050th Trucking Company, known as the “Red Ball Express” – a unit that specialised in getting supplies to the soldiers at the front line.
Stu Gilliam was Corporal ‘Sweet’ Williams, a smooth-talking draftee from Harlem. Hilly Hicks was his offsider, Pfc Jed Brooks, and Mel Stewart was tough First Sergeant B.J. Bryant.
Val Bisoglio was the C.O, Captain Calvelli, and Ed Begley Jr. was the rather hopeless Second Lieutenant Chapman.
When the men weren’t delivering supplies, they found their fun at a nightclub near their base which was run by Madame Dalacort as played by Penny Santon.
Corporal ‘Sweet’ Williams
PFC Jed Brooks
Sgt B.J. Bryant
Captain Rocco Calvelli
Lt Robert W Chapman
Ed Begley Jr