Bob Blumenfeld

3rd Dec 2004

Superman (1978)

Trivia: When young Lois Lane and her parents are riding in the railroad train and she sees Clark running past them on the road, her mother is played by Noel Neill, who played Lois on the 1950's TV series, and her father is played by Kirk Alyn, who played Superman in the 1948 movie.

Bob Blumenfeld

Trivia: Eddie Egan, the real police detective who inspired the character Popeye Doyle, plays Doyle's superior in the movie.

Bob Blumenfeld

25th Sep 2004

M*A*S*H (1972)

Bombshells - S11-E6

Factual error: At the end, after BJ has received his Bronze Star, Colonel Potter dismisses the formation with "At Ease. Dismissed." According to Drill and Ceremonies as I learned them, this is impossible. The only legal command from the at-ease position is "Attention."

Bob Blumenfeld

Continuity mistake: During the hearse sequence, the duo passes the large red circular sign with the "5" in the center (first time code). They then progress to the General Store (the next-to-last two-story building) and Horst Buchholz waves them off. When Yul turns and says "I don't think so," they're passing the red nickel again (second time code).

Bob Blumenfeld

28th Apr 2004

M*A*S*H (1972)

Der Tag - S4-E17

Revealing mistake: In several supposedly outdoors scenes in the camp, in particular, when Frank is welcoming Margaret back, there's a very obvious indoorsy echo.

Bob Blumenfeld

12th Jan 2004

M*A*S*H (1972)

The Colonel's Horse - S5-E11

Factual error: While on the phone, Radar spells out BJ's father-in-law's last name, "H-A-Y-D-E-N" to which Hawkeye quips, "M-O-U-S-E" parodying the old line from the Mickey Mouse club. The M.M. club didn't air until 1955.

Bob Blumenfeld

Trivia: Another story about that famous "Frankly my dear ..." line is that the censors agreed to permit it only if the emphasis wasn't on "damn." This is probably one of the few times censorship improved a movie.

Bob Blumenfeld

12th Nov 2003

M*A*S*H (1972)

Trivia: The only episode whose name was displayed during the broadcast run (as versus on the DVDs) was the final one, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen."

Bob Blumenfeld

11th Oct 2003

M*A*S*H (1972)

Trivia: In one episode, Hawkeye says to Radar, "You're a good man, Charlie Brown", a reference to the off-Broadway show of the same name based on Charles Schultz' Peanuts characters. Because the show didn't debut until 1967, this would appear to be a mistake, but it is not. The reference was intentional, an inside joke: Gary Burghoff played the title role in that play.

Bob Blumenfeld

29th Sep 2003

M*A*S*H (1972)

Letters - S9-E2

Factual error: In this episode, the regulars receive and respond to letters from a Fourth-Grade class in Hawkeye's home town. Charles receives one from a little girl who says she's sent him a birch leaf. Unfortunately, the leaf he removes from her glassine envelope is a maple leaf. (Note: there was no indication that this was supposed to be her mistake.)

Bob Blumenfeld

18th Sep 2003

M*A*S*H (1972)

Mail Call, Again - S4-E14

Factual error: After Radar asks Klinger when his home movies will be ready, Max answers, "Ready whenever you are, C.B." This is the specific punch line to a joke that relates to the actual filming of Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 movie The Ten Commandments, which wasn't released until after the Korean War.

Bob Blumenfeld

11th Sep 2003

M*A*S*H (1972)

Check-Up - S3-E7

Factual error: Another premature mention of Godzilla when Col. Blake announces that night's movie, "Godzilla and the Bobby Soxer".

Bob Blumenfeld

10th Sep 2003

M*A*S*H (1972)

Springtime - S3-E6

Factual error: Radar mentions to a nurse he's smitten with that the movie that night is "Firstborn of Godzilla." Godzilla (the movie, not the monster) wasn't released until 1954.

Bob Blumenfeld