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The RAT PATROL Mailing List

A low-volume list discussing the series, WWII and general military history, the actors' other roles, and fan get-togethers. The list is run through One-List; to subscribe, go to:

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The RAT PATROL Club on Yahoo!

Regular chats and a message board. A good alternative to the mailing list. You have to join Yahoo! but that's easy and free (they just want your demographic information).

If the Yahoo! message board is offline, you can always leave a message here at our Message Board.

The Academy for RAT PATROL Studies

Text and (not-so)Subtext

Serious Articles, Meditative Musings, and Random Thoughts on the RAT PATROL, fandom, storytelling, television, and WWII

Call for submissions
Fandoms generate much serious disussion on sociology, what it takes to be entertaining, what our storytelling tells about our culture, what our fandoms tell about us, and what The Rat Patrol has done to make it so enduring; why one particular episode becomes a favourite; how The Rat Patrol stacks up against its contemporaries, what it does (and does not) teach us about our history. Just what does The Rat Patrol make you think about? Serious or frivolous, mainstream or feather-ruffling, topics that make people edgy, topics that make people smile; you can even be anonymous, if you like. If you're interested in finding a place for those thoughts, let us know.

--Book Reviews
Books, videos, and online sources, from a little light background information to specialised topics; useful books as well as the heads up on books that don't quite pass inspection.
(ongoing, various contributors)

--Memories of Chris
A chance line in The Double or Nothing Raid brings back memories of Christopher George's appearances -- as himself. (10 April 99)
by Tulliac

--Episode Guide and Shameless Ratings System
Not just a synopsis. If you want to know how many lines Tully had or how gullible Dietrich was that week, this is the place to find out. No episode survives! (March & April 99)
by Jan Ilott

Following the actors' careers will lead you to both the very best and the very strangest cinema has to offer. A list of those film and television reviews that have their own pages on this site. Still mostly appearances by the Raymond family -- contributions encouraged.

--Dangerous Men! Character Biographies
All the information the show gives us -- plus the lowdown on our lads' nicks and scratches. (6 Feb. 99)
by LCW

--More Dangerous Men!
Additions to the Character Bios. (9 Feb. 99)
by various contributors

--Rat Patrol: From the Beginning
A belated appreciation and thoughts on the show's message during and after VietNam (26 Nov. 98)
by Anna G. McDougald

--Musings on The Rat Patrol
A sociologist shares his comments after seeing the show rebroadcast on Canada's History Television (11 Nov. 98)
by Alexander Roman, Ph.D.

--No One Wants to See This Girl Die
Why do we sense subtextual relationships on The Rat Patrol and other Sixties-era shows where it's not very likely there are any?
by Robin Mayhall

--Subtext as Text: Fan writers take charge
Information on Flanking Maneuvers, a Rat Patrol zine featuring strong writing, some serious historical context, and a lot of interesting fun. Please note: This is an adult zine.

--Jason and the Argonauts
the movie, the myth, and special effects then and now -- and a bit about Gary Raymond's role as chief villain
(heavily illustrated with scenes from the film)
(back under construction, but very much unfinished)
by C. Burrell

Highlander: Archangel (Emily Raymond)
The Invisible Man (Gary Raymond)
Look Back In Anger (Gary Raymond)
The Millionairess (Gary Raymond)
Playboy of the Western World (Gary Raymond)
Robin Hood: One Man's Meat (Gary Raymond)
UFO: The Man Who Came Back (Gary Raymond)

Please see also the individual filmography pages:

Hans Gudegast/Eric Braeden: numerous appearances in brief
Larry Casey: The Gay Deceivers, Borderline, Student Nurses
Christopher George: numerous appearances in brief
Gary Raymond: brief synopses; see also above
Justin Tarr

Things we've been working on that we'd like to add someday:

The refined hostess' guide to holding a Rat Patrol Dinner Party
"Born in the Year of the Rat (Patrol)": Gen-X meets the 60s
The RAT PATROL theme song . . . lyrics?
A contents to win interesting if not actually particularly valuable prizes
Desert gear
Clothing for the well-dressed desert rat trained in the art of survival
Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
All the German you need to know to watch 60s TV

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