Auto Focus

Factual error: The issue of "Guideposts" shown by Crane's interviewers is from the early '90s.

Factual error: When we see the wedding of Bob Crane and Patricia Olson, Bob's voiceover tells us that "Hogan's Heroes" went off the air "after six years and 186 shows." In actuality there were only 168 episodes produced.

Factual error: Crane's daughters play with a bent-armed Barbie doll; all such dolls of that era had straight arms.

Factual error: Crane's kitchen phone in the '60s has a modern (at least 1970s) modular cord on the handset.

Factual error: The issue of "Guideposts" shown by Crane's interviewers is from the early '90s.

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Bob Crane: I think it's perfect for me. I mean, this character Hogan, he's quick on his toes, he's hip, he's a con artist. I don't wanna jinx it, but I think it's what I've been working toward my whole career.
Anne Crane: Really? You've been working towards a Holocaust comedy?
Bob Crane: Ann.
Anne Crane: What, Bob?
Bob Crane: Please, not in front of the children! They look up to me.
Anne Crane: They're small. They look up to everyone.

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Trivia: When "Auto Focus" debuted, Bob Crane's son, Scotty Crane, complained loudly that the film was completely inaccurate and misleading. Scotty said that, while his father had been a lifelong sex-addict who recorded and photographed sex acts as far back as 1956, he was not a church-goer (as depicted in the film), he never tried S&M (as depicted in the film), and that he only started socializing with John Henry Carpenter in 1975, long after the Hogan's Heroes TV series ended, just 3 years before the unsolved murder that took Bob Crane's life. The film jumbles all of these events out of chronological order, omitting factual events while fabricating pure fantasy events for no other reason than to sensationalize Crane's troubled life and death.

Charles Austin Miller
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