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M*A*S*H Observation

Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:01 am

This is a quote attributed to Harry Morgan about two other actors that were in the series. This was found on www.imdb.com under "Personal Quotes:"

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0604702/bio

"[On the relationship between Jamie Farr & Alan Alda:] Alan was always riding Jamie, making jokes about the dresses. Alan felt cheapened having to be in scenes with Jamie. He would go after him the minute he left the room. Alan never even wanted to be in the same scenes with Jamie. One day, Alan being Alan, got Jamie cut from a scene when Jamie was in wardrobe. Then, trying to be the big man, he rode Jamie about it in front of everyone. Jamie knocked his ass out. He deserved it. Long time coming, let me tell you."

I have always liked M*A*S*H and I guess I assumed that the cast all got along, but reading this makes me wonder. I thought that the "Hawkeye" and "Klinger" characters worked well against each other. Interesting I thought.

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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:01 pm



Quoting Tiger119 (Thread starter):
characters worked well against each other. Interesting I thought.

I always thought that Loretta Swit didn't get along well with everyone and almost left the show. I heard that there was also some bad blood between Larry Linville and some other cast members.

I really like MASH, but I like the earlier ones better. The show got kind of preachy toward the end.

Jamie Farr is great, he is still a great spokeman for Toledo, Ohio. I saw him at a Mudhens game once.
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Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:50 pm

Love MASH, it used to be my main syndicated tv show I watched on Fox 5 here in NY until the Simpsons replaced it sometime in the mid-late '90s. Now I watch the Simpsons.
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Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:17 pm



Quoting STT757 (Reply 2):
Now I watch the Simpsons.

I watched the Simpsons for years until the local Detroit station started showing on the episode from the last four years. I find those are the worst shows. I am not much of a fan of the post 2000 episodes.

I watched MASH a lot when I still had cable. Now I am just an free over the air TV guy so I like to watch the Retro TV network. Now I watch Adam 12 and Dragnet. I have not tuned in to the Simpsons in several months.
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:08 pm



Quoting Tiger119 (Thread starter):
Jamie knocked his ass out. He deserved it. Long time coming, let me tell you."

I don't know maybe it was how he was portrayed in the show. But Alan Alda always struck me as stuck up..I wonder if he was living out his MASH charactor in real life. Loved the show though. Except the non-comedy serious episodes.
 
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Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:15 pm



Quoting Stratosphere (Reply 4):
Loved the show though. Except the non-comedy serious episodes.

I think, the more political episodes from the later seasons were what really made M*A*S*H great ...
However, the real message gets lost during dubbing (at least when being dubbed in German).
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Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:14 pm



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 1):
Loretta Swit

http://www.bestcareanywhere.net/Swit.htm

"Swit became the first cast member of M*A*S*H to actually visit Korea" - If you go to the sixth or seventh paragraph on the link says that Swit was the first cast member to go to Korea. I thought I read somewhere that Farr actually served in the U.S. military in Korea?

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Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:26 pm



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 6):
I thought I read somewhere that

Wasn't it the guy who played Charles Winchester the one who served in Korea? I seem to remember something being said about that.

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 1):
I really like MASH, but I like the earlier ones better.

The final episode was the best. It went from comedy to sadness and everything in between.

The bus scene with Alan Alda is still one of the more powerful ones, especially when they reveal what actually happened later on in the show.
 
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Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:38 pm

It's hard to belive Harry Morgan (Sherman T. Potter) is 94 years old!

Quoting Cpd (Reply 7):
Wasn't it the guy who played Charles Winchester the one who served in Korea? I seem to remember something being said about that.

It was Alan Alda who served in Korea. From Wikipedia "After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve and served a six-month tour of duty as a gunnery officer in Korea"

Other characters I found that served in the armed forces was McLean Stevenson (he was in the Navy), Wayne Rogers (Navy), and Mike Farrell (Marines).

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 1):
really like MASH, but I like the earlier ones better.

I liked the later ones when BJ joined the cast.
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Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:27 am



Quoting Dragon-wings (Reply 8):
It was Alan Alda who served in Korea.



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 6):
I thought I read somewhere that Farr actually served in the U.S. military in Korea?

Both of you are apparently right - provided IMDB can be trusted. It's information is a little more reliable than Wikipedia. Remember they were young during the 50s - a time when a large number of young men served in the military due to the draft.

Farr was born 1 July 1934. At age 21 his movie career was beginning to take off and he was drafted. Which was quite common for men in their early 20's to be sent a notice and to serve in the military. His two years included duty in Japan and in Korea. This was 1955-57 - after the war. Farr is reported to have worn his real US Army dog tags during the filming of the TV show.

Alda was born 28 Jan 1936. After high school, Alda went to college - graduating in 1956. His joining the reserve was a way to avoid the draft, and obtain a commission. He would have served in Korea in 1957 or 58. Alda has often spoken of his time on active duty as not a very serious commitment - "I was awol ever weekend dating Arlene." Though they married in 1957, so he must have done some service while married.

Wayne Rogers was born April 7, 1933 - and went to college - graduating in 1954. He served in the Navy - almost certainly drafted. Alda and Farr had the acting bug before they went into the military. Rogers caught it in the Navy.

McLean Stevenson was born Nov 14 1927. His second cousin was Adlai Stevenson II. His service in the Navy would have been in the late 40s. He went to college after completing his term in the Navy. At one time in the 50s he was a clown on a children's TV show in Dallas.

Mike Farrell was born Feb 7, 1939 and served in the US Marine Corps for two years as a draftee in the late 50s, early 60s.

Harry Morgan was born April 10, 1915. He was 26 years old when World War II broke out. His first movie role was as a young private in "To the Shores of Tripoli". He made several movies during the war and apparently never served in uniform.

Most of the other cast members were too old to have been draft age eligible until the early 60s. At which point deferrments were readily available for anyone with a little luck, money or pull to get out of serving.

There was a low point in the draft in the early 60s, and those people would have been too old by the time the draft started ramping up to provide troops for Vietnam.
 
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:06 am



Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 9):
Harry Morgan was born April 10, 1915. He was 26 years old when World War II broke out. His first movie role was as a young private in "To the Shores of Tripoli". He made several movies during the war and apparently never served in uniform.

Since this is an aviation website, I must mention that (I think) he was in Strategic Air Command, with Jimmy Stewart, which is notable for some stunning in flight footage of USAF B-36 Peacemakers.
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:10 am

Morgan's aviation focused film credits on IMDB include

Wing and a Prayer - as a Navy Ensign pilot - Battle of Midway - 1944
Johnnie Comes Flying Home - three ex military pilots form a freight airline - 1946
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:04 am

I was wondering why Wayne Rogers left the show? Both he and Stevenson did the first three years but Stevenson's exit was planned (hence the two episode ending to year three) but Rogers' was not planned (hence no saying "goodbye" to his character until the beginning of year four). Rogers stayed active in acting for a while but now is doing pretty well in the business world.

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Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:47 pm



Quoting Cpd (Reply 7):
Wasn't it the guy who played Charles Winchester the one who served in Korea?

David Odgen Stiers was born in 1942; surprisingly, he was younger than most of the regular cast members; Gary Burghoff/Radar was the youngest. He (Stiers) was in Korea (on tour with the USO) during the 90s.

Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 9):
Most of the other cast members were too old to have been draft age eligible until the early 60s.

Don't you mean, "too young to have been draft age eligible until the early 60s"? Big grin

Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 12):
I was wondering why Wayne Rogers left the show? Both he and Stevenson did the first three years but Stevenson's exit was planned (hence the two episode ending to year three) but Rogers' was not planned (hence no saying "goodbye" to his character until the beginning of year four).

From what I've read, Wayne was having similar problems and issues as McLean did (involving contract terms, conditions and so forth - behind the scenes stuff); his decision to finally leave was made several weeks before the 4th season episodes were scheduled to be filmed/shot. That's why he never appeared in the 1st epsidode of the 4th Season (Welcome to Korea) which explained Trapper's departure and brought in B.J.

Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 12):
Rogers stayed active in acting for a while but now is doing pretty well in the business world.

While recently working out the local Y last Saturday morning, one of the mounted T.V.s was showing a FOX business show (forget the title) where Wayne appeared as one of the interviewees/commentators. I didn't bring my headsets, so I couldn't follow what he was talking about.

Quoting Cpd (Reply 7):
The bus scene with Alan Alda is still one of the more powerful ones, especially when they reveal what actually happened later on in the show.

One 30 Rock episode, last season, that Alan guest-starred in had a little inside joke on that event.
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Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:29 am



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 1):
The show got kind of preachy toward the end.

Very Preachy!!

Quoting HT (Reply 5):
think, the more political episodes from the later seasons were what really made M*A*S*H great ...

I dont especially since i disagreed with their politics, ant anti-war defeatism. I really liked the show yet when theyed start preaching id have to change the chanel. Really anoying let me tell you. You scare alot of viewers away when you insert one sided politics in a show.
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:07 am



Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 13):
showing a FOX business show (forget the title) where Wayne appeared as one of the interviewees/commentators

- He appears frequently on Fox News Network and Fox Business Network.

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Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:02 pm

I remember my parents making it a point to stay home on whatever night M*A*S*H was shown. At the time I couldn't relate to it; however, I enjoyed the re-runs while in college. The show lost its edge when Klinger stopped wearing dresses. Some of his outfits were simply to DIE for... Besides Klinger my other favorite characters were Colonel Potter and Hotlips.

I agree the last few seasons were waaaay to preachy.
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:22 pm



Quoting Tiger119 (Thread starter):
I have always liked M*A*S*H and I guess I assumed that the cast all got along

I seem to rcall reading that Gary Berghoff and Harry Morgan didn't get along too well. There was one report about Gary making a rude remark about Morgan's wife that he overheard or something like that. It was a long time ago, don't remember the details.

I was much more a fan of the early years with the original cast. As they started to leave and others came on board I enjoyed it less. I felt it started to become "The Hawkeye Show" in later years - much the same way Happy Days started to revolve too much around Fonzie as his character got more popular.
 
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Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:02 pm

I read many years ago the Wayne Rogers was not happy with his role.

In the movie M*A*S*H, Trapper John, played by Elliott Gould was the major character with Hawkeye, played by Donald Sutherland was more or less secondary behind Trapper. In the TV show Rogers was cast first in the Trapper John role and was to be the main character like in the movie, but they later cast Alan Alda as Hawkeye and made him the main character and Trapper secondary.

A little bit of trivia, Gary Burghoff (Radar in both the movie and TV series) was one of 4 actors who was in both, the others had minor roles.

I still enjoy watching M*A*S*H reruns to TV.

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Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:14 am

I grew up watching MASH. I think it was a great show. I liked the first three seasons the best. I own all 11 seasons and they never get old.
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Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:52 am



Quoting Jetstar (Reply 18):
A little bit of trivia, Gary Burghoff

- Someone told me that Gary Burghoff was born missing three fingers on one of his hands and I always catch myself while watching reruns trying to figure out which hand? I also heard that he was a professional musician.

- One of my favorite "Radar" scenes was when he was taking his "Final Exam" from his high school correspondence class from "Devellin, IN." I have lived in Indiana most of my life and have yet to find a town by that name by any spelling in this state (just for fun).
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:52 pm



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 20):
Someone told me that Gary Burghoff was born missing three fingers on one of his hands and I always catch myself while watching reruns trying to figure out which hand? I also heard that he was a professional musician.

From what I have read, he has a deformed left hand that he usually hides behind a clipboard or tries to keep it out of view while on camera, I have looked for it in the past and he has been very successful in hiding his left hand. He was also a drummer in a jazz trio so I guess his deformity is not that bad.

Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 20):
One of my favorite "Radar" scenes was when he was taking his "Final Exam" from his high school correspondence class from "Devellin, IN." I have lived in Indiana most of my life and have yet to find a town by that name by any spelling in this state (just for fun).
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If I remember correctly I think he was from Ottumwa, Iowa in the series.

Another bit of M*A*S*H trivia, Jamie Farr was a young protégé of the comedian Red Skelton and he appeared on one of his shows in a comedy skit dressed up in drag. One of the writers on M*A*S*H remembered this skit and cast him in the role of Max Klinger who dressed up in drag to try to get out of the army by being classified as a psycho. Jamie Farr was hosting a Red Skelton informational on TV selling Red Skelton CD’s and he showed this skit and told how it lead to his role on M*A*S*H.

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Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:34 pm

Farr played the Apostle Thaddaeus (Jude) in the 1965 movie - "The Greatest Story Every Told"

With Max von Sydow as Jesus, David McCallum as Judas Iscariot, Roddy McDowall as Matthew, Gary Raymond as Peter, Burt Brinckerhoff as Andrew, Robert Blake as Simon, John Considine as John, David Hedison as Philip, Tom Reese as Thomas, David Sheiner as James the Elder, Michael Anderson Jr as James the Younger and Peter Mann as Nathanael (Bartholomew) --

-- the story goes that Jamie Farr was the only one at the Last Supper scene who looked like he had ever been to the Promised Land - much less grew up there.

Farr said in an interview on The Mike Douglas Show that he was so despirate for work that he prayed to Saint Jude - the patron saint of hopeless causes - that he would get the job in this movie. He did get the part - as Thaddeus who is St Jude. Often Jude is listed by what was apparently his family name Thaddeus to avoid confusion with Judas.
 
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Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:08 pm

I also liked the first three seasons, the best. Also, the episodes after Col. Potter and BJ arrive but before Frank leaves are very good.

I think the fact that it eventually became too "preachy" as some have said, takes it off of the best sitcoms of all time list, in my mind.
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Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:03 pm

Quoting Jetstar (Reply 18):
In the movie M*A*S*H, Trapper John, played by Elliott Gould was the major character with Hawkeye, played by Donald Sutherland was more or less secondary behind Trapper.

Actually, in the movie version (which I've seen several times), I thought Hawkeye & Trapper were essentially on equal footing. Similar held true for the original novel, which I also read.

However, make no mistake: Hawkeye was always the primary character. The author of the original novel (Richard Hornberger/Hooker) esentially modeled the Hawkeye character after himself; although he was not too fond of the way the Hawkeye character was portrayed in the series (Alda).

In the opening credits of the movie, Donald Sutherland's name appears above Elliot Gould's.

The Duke Forrest character (which never made it into the T.V. series and was played by Tom Skerritt) was more of a secondary character among the doctors.

To be fair, the series did strip some of Trapper's identity (chest cutter, selected as Chief Surgeon) and gave it to Hawkeye.

Quoting Jetstar (Reply 18):
In the TV show Rogers was cast first in the Trapper John role

From what I've read (from actual M*A*S*H publications) the Trapper role was casted LAST.

Alda was already casted for Hawkeye at the time but was still filming for a T.V. made movie The Glass House; which explains his late arrival to the M*A*S*H when the 1972 pilot episode was filmed.

Quoting Jetstar (Reply 21):
If I remember correctly I think he was from Ottumwa, Iowa in the series.

   It was also listed in the opening chapter of the original novel.

Quoting Jetstar (Reply 21):
Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 20):
Someone told me that Gary Burghoff was born missing three fingers on one of his hands and I always catch myself while watching reruns trying to figure out which hand? I also heard that he was a professional musician.

From what I have read, he has a deformed left hand that he usually hides behind a clipboard or tries to keep it out of view while on camera, I have looked for it in the past and he has been very successful in hiding his left hand. He was also a drummer in a jazz trio so I guess his deformity is not that bad.

In the opening scene of the pilot episode (not usually shown in the syndicated reruns on T.V.) just prior to the opening credits & the choppers coming in; one can easily see the deformed fingers as he's clutching a football. Somebody posted this on YouTube sometime back; I'm not sure if it's still there.

Quoting Jetstar (Reply 18):
A little bit of trivia, Gary Burghoff (Radar in both the movie and TV series) was one of 4 actors who was in both, the others had minor roles.

From what I rmember, the other 3 were:

1. G. Wood - who played General Hammond in both.

2. Tim (or Timothy) Brown - who played an enlisted man in the movie and played the short-lived Spearchucker Jones in the 1st season.

3. Linda Kelsey (who would later be known for playing reporter Billie Newman in the Lou Grant series) - played the nurse shown in bed w/Henry (Roger Bowen) in the film just after the imfamous shower scene where Hot Lips (Sally Kellerman) is yelling at Henry her infamous, "THIS ISN"T A HOSPITAL! IT'S AN INSANE ASYLUM!" line.

In the series, Kelsey played Nurse Baker in the Season 5 episode The Nurses (an episode that was a turning point for the Hot Lips/Margaret character) who was grounded (by Hot Lips) just when her husband Tony (played by Gregory Harrison - who later would play Gonzo Gates in Trapper John M.D.) visits on a one-day pass.

Quoting Mayor (Reply 23):
Also, the episodes after Col. Potter and BJ arrive but before Frank leaves are very good.

Seasons 4 & 5.

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Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:10 pm



Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 24):
Quoting Jetstar (Reply 21):
Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 20):
Someone told me that Gary Burghoff was born missing three fingers on one of his hands and I always catch myself while watching reruns trying to figure out which hand? I also heard that he was a professional musician.

From what I have read, he has a deformed left hand that he usually hides behind a clipboard or tries to keep it out of view while on camera, I have looked for it in the past and he has been very successful in hiding his left hand. He was also a drummer in a jazz trio so I guess his deformity is not that bad.

In the opening scene of the pilot episode (not usually shown in the syndicated reruns on T.V.) just prior to the opening credits & the choppers coming in; one can easily see the deformed fingers as he's clutching a football. Somebody posted this on YouTube sometime back; I'm not sure if it's still there.

There are also 1 or two episodes where Radar is playing the drums where you can see the deformity, but I'll tell you this.....it took me quite awhile and quite a few repeats before I ever really noticed it at all.
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Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:46 pm

Quoting Mayor (Reply 25):
There are also 1 or two episodes where Radar is playing the drums where you can see the deformity

Those 2 episodes that you speak of were from the 1st Season, one of them being the second of the Dear Dad episodes where Hawkeye and Hot Lips are singing My Blue Heaven.

I'm sure if one really scans all the episodes w/Radar on them; one may catch a glimpse of his left hand.

Speaking of Radar, in another episode (The Sniper from Season 2) there's a scene where he runs into the shower tent (wearing only a towel) after being shot at and the towel actually drops just before the tent door closes. As a result, one catches a glimpse (for a split second) of Radar's bare backside.

Can we say wardrobe malfunction

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Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:49 pm



Quoting Dragon-wings (Reply 8):
It's hard to belive Harry Morgan (Sherman T. Potter) is 94 years old!

Morgan had a hell of a career, and it is nice to see he is still around. I always think of him as Bill Gannon from "Dragnet" re-runs on Nick at Nite.

Quoting JRDC930 (Reply 14):
I dont especially since i disagreed with their politics, ant anti-war defeatism. I really liked the show yet when theyed start preaching id have to change the chanel. Really anoying let me tell you. You scare alot of viewers away when you insert one sided politics in a show.

You weren't around to understand where the political stuff was coming from. You really shouldn't judge.
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Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:16 pm



Quoting N1120A (Reply 27):
You weren't around to understand where the political stuff was coming from. You really shouldn't judge.

During the show or war? If you mean show, I was so can I judge? The kid is right. Think, the North Korean soldiers were portrayed as sympathetic poor victims or as zany puttputting pilots who drop a single bomb by hand at 5 o'clock, while anyone "US Army" was corrupt, bloodthirsty, civilian killing recreational murderers.
I could go on, but it's not exactly a minority view that M*A*S*H became painfully political or preachy.

Back to topic, I also remember hearing that early on, Burghoff was the cast jerk, cocky about being the one with a big part in the movie. That said, he delivered the singular best scene of the series, when he informed the OR about Henry's plane crashing.
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Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:32 pm



Quoting 4holer (Reply 28):
Back to topic, I also remember hearing that early on, Burghoff was the cast jerk, cocky about being the one with a big part in the movie. That said, he delivered the singular best scene of the series, when he informed the OR about Henry's plane crashing.

I vividly recall that episode and that scene in particular. The scene where Henry bids farewell to the troops while wearing a pin striped zoot suit is also a favorite of mine.
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:40 pm

Here's a bit of post M*A*S*H trivia: The actors that portrayed Col. Blake - McLean Stevenson (TV) and Roger Bowen (Movie) died within one day of each other in February 1996.

Quoting 4holer (Reply 28):
I could go on, but it's not exactly a minority view that M*A*S*H became painfully political or preachy.

True. Those episodes are as unwatchable today (for me) as they were in 1978,79, 80 - my early high school years. Always, liked Winchester character though.

For me M*A*S*H was Col Flagg, Ferrot-Face Frank Burns, Ugly John, Sidney, Col Blake, Five O'Clock Charlie, Capt. Tuttle.
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:03 pm



Quoting N1120A (Reply 27):
Morgan had a hell of a career, and it is nice to see he is still around. I always think of him as Bill Gannon from "Dragnet" re-runs on Nick at Nite.

Same here, except I saw the Dragnet reruns (minus the 1967 suffix) when they aired aired on UHF stations. Yeah, I'm that  old  Big grin

I saw an occasional M*A*S*H episode or two (when CBS still aired it) around the 3rd season but missed the final episode (when Henry left) and the one in which Morgan guest-starred as a nutty general (The General Flipped At Dawn). I stated watching the show on a regular basis from the 4th season (Morgan & Farrell's first year) on; I was in 4th grade at the time.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 27):
Quoting JRDC930 (Reply 14):
I dont especially since i disagreed with their politics, ant anti-war defeatism. I really liked the show yet when theyed start preaching id have to change the chanel. Really anoying let me tell you. You scare alot of viewers away when you insert one sided politics in a show.

You weren't around to understand where the political stuff was coming from. You really shouldn't judge.

No offense and assuming that your age-range profile is true and current, but you weren't exactly around either when the show first aired.

Anyhow, to be fair, you're right; the show's anti-war tone was indeed a reaction to the Vietnam War (which was still going on when the show first aired). However, the original 1968 novel and the 1970 film, which the series was based on, didn't play the anti-war card. The controversy surrounding the novel and film was with regards to its sexually explicit and racy content for its time; previous efforts to make a film based on the novel were rejected by 4 producers.

I somewhat mentioned this earlier and more fully in the Best Sitcom of All Time thread; the author of the novel, Richard Hooker (whose real last name is Hornberger) was no fan of the series (despite the $500 per originally-aired episode royalty checks) because the writers/producers (Gelbart/Metcalfe/Reynolds) made the characters too liberal. The author, who modeled the Hawkeye character after himself, was actually a conservative Republican. Two sequel novels (which were NOT made into films, one of them titled M*A*S*H Goes to Maine) drive that point (Hawkeye being a conservative) very clearly.

One Time magazine article, written just prior to the series ending in 1983; commented on the series' evolving tone as such (mind you, I'm paraphrasing the below-exerpt):

As anger over Vietnam waned, the show had to reach out to newer viewers of the Me Generation decade; interpersonal relationships became more important. Trapper's replacement, B.J. would literally cry on Hawkeye's shoulder when talking about missing his wife and daughter.

Many of the later episodes did indeed focused on that element.
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:18 pm



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 1):
The show got kind of preachy toward the end.

Isn't that when Alda took over as producer or director??

I believe the final episode of MASH was the most watched episode in TV history.. was probably the best TV Series finale I've ever seen!!
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:25 pm



Quoting Nkops (Reply 32):
I believe the final episode of MASH was the most watched episode in TV history.

 checkmark  It was even more watched than past Super Bowls (not sure about later ones).

I'm not sure whether the final episode of Cheers, whose series timeline and milestones mirrored that of M*A*S*H's plus 10 years, surpassed it or not. I think it came close but no cigar.
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:25 am



Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 20):
- Someone told me that Gary Burghoff was born missing three fingers on one of his hands and I always catch myself while watching reruns trying to figure out which hand? I also heard that he was a professional musician.

David Ogden Stiers (Major Charles Emerson Winchester III) is also a professional musician. From Wikipedia "A connoisseur of classical music, Stiers has been a guest conductor for over 50 orchestras in North America and maintained a position as associate conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival"
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:05 am

Piece of advice.

I have the DVD's of the entire series.

You can turn off the canned laugh-track....do it.

It is a much darker show. And much better

Even makes some of the latter episodes when Alda took over somewhat tolerable.
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:45 pm

Even though I grew up in a different generation much later than the original series, I can say that I too have become a fan of the show. My favourite scenes where some of the last seasons. Yes, some of the scenes were a bit over the top and failed to achieve their effect, but the ones that did were some of the most powerful in television, even today.

My favourite character is Winchester. I thought the way the character was written, snooty, yet with a secret "caring" side was very well done. I think the most powerful scene from the series (not including the finale) is during the episode where the MASHers were writing letters to Maine schoolchildren, and Winchester receives a leaf from a little girl. His one line "fall in New England" has always brought back warm memories of growing up in the area, and watching the leaves change. The clip also showed a big change in the character that he played.
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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:54 pm



Quoting Igneousrocks (Reply 30):
Here's a bit of post M*A*S*H trivia: The actors that portrayed Col. Blake - McLean Stevenson (TV) and Roger Bowen (Movie) died within one day of each other in February 1996.

And just to add to this, both died of heart attacks

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RE: M*A*S*H Observation

Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:09 am



Quoting Jetstar (Reply 21):
Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 20):
One of my favorite "Radar" scenes was when he was taking his "Final Exam" from his high school correspondence class from "Devellin, IN." I have lived in Indiana most of my life and have yet to find a town by that name by any spelling in this state (just for fun).
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If I remember correctly I think he was from Ottumwa, Iowa in the series.

- His character was from Ottumwa (that is an actual town in Iowa) but the correspondence class was from "Develin, IN."

Quoting Mayor (Reply 23):
the episodes after Col. Potter and BJ arrive but before Frank leaves are very good

- Those few years were a hoot. I especially liked the episode where Hawk' and BJ fake fight/argue with each other to give Frank a birthday present.

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