M*A*S*H

New this week Trivia: The actor Jeff Maxwell, who played Igor through the series, had his voice dubbed in two episodes by fellow actor Johnny Haymer, who played Sgt. Zale. Season 5: "Mulcahy's War" and season 6: "Fade In, Fade out".

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R.J.Denton

Trivia: Season 4. Episode 1 "Welcome To Korea". At the end of the episode the new commanding officer, Colonel Sherman Potter, played by Harry Morgan is introduced. In Season 3 Episode 1 "The General Flipped at Dawn", Harry Morgan played Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele.

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Trivia: Gary Burghoff's left hand was slightly deformed, and he often hid it behind his clipboard during filming.

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Trivia: Both the movie M*A*S*H and the TV show M*A*S*H were based on the experiences of Dr Richard Hooker. In 1968, he authored, MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. Subsequently he refused to watch the TV show, feeling it was too liberal.

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Super Grover

Trivia: M*A*S*H the TV show lasted 8 yrs longer than the actual Korean War did.

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Super Grover

Trivia: Kario Salem, who played a youngster in season 4's "deluge" also played Private Weston in season 10's "follies of the living-concerns of the dead."

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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.

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Bob Blumenfeld

Trivia: While he was known for the role, William Christopher didn't play Father Mulcahy in the series' pilot.

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Trivia: Season 2 Episode 5 "Dear Dad ... Three". Hawkeye and Trapper tell the racist soldier the story of Dr. Charles Drew. Drew was the inventor of techniques for separating and storing blood products. He was in a bad car accident and, legend has it, died because the 'whites only' hospital refused to give him a transfusion. This is an urban myth - he did die after that accident but was treated properly at the hospital.

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Trivia: The only actor from the movie who also played his role regularly on TV was Gary Burghoff (Radar). G. Wood appeared three times as Brigadier General Hammond, the same role he played in the movie.

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Trivia: Timothy Brown, who plays Spearchucker Jones, was also in the 1970 film, listed as "Tim Brown", and played Corporal Judson.

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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."

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Bob Blumenfeld

Trivia: All of the characters, based on the characters from Richard Hooker's novel, were composites of people Hooker knew, met casually, worked with, or heard about.

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Trivia: Stuart Margolin, who played Major Robbins (the plastic surgeon) in Season 2 Episode 18 "Operation Noselift" also played Captain Sherman (psychiatrist) in Season 1 Episode 7 "Bananas, Crackers and Nuts".

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jle

Trivia: The actor Mako (birthname Makoto Iwamatsu) played many different roles on MASH, usually Korean (North and South) and once Chinese. In the Korean roles, Mako spoke perfectly pronounced Korean even though he was Japanese (a naturalized American in 1956). Mako also served in the U.S. Army for awhile in the early 1950's, the same time MASH is set.

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Trivia: Spearchucker Jones was removed from the series after the writers were informed that there were no black surgeons stationed at MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) units, during the Korean War.

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Trivia: During the whole series, the same short loop of background chatter is used in every OR scene. You can make out the words "Doctor, do you want me to hold that for you?" and "Irrigate this!" over and over again.

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Doc

Trivia: On February 15, 1996, McLean Stevenson died of a heart attack. The following day, Roger Bowen – who played Stevenson's role in the film – also died of a heart attack.

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Cubs Fan

Trivia: Alan Alda wore the same pair of boots during the entire run of the series, and he took them home when the series wrapped.

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Super Grover

Trivia: Season 4. Episode 1 "Welcome To Korea". To get past the checkpoint, Hawkeye claims Radar has neurapraxia - "disease of the nervous system that makes you foam at the mouth." This seems like the perfect setup for a joke where neurapraxia turns out to be something funny, but it is really a condition of the nervous system, but is caused by injury (usually sports related) and only causes weakness in the extremities.

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Trivia: The photograph of Mildred on Colonel Potter's desk is actually a photo of Harry Morgan's then real wife, Eileen Detchon, to whom he was married for 45 years and who passed away 2 years after the series wrapped.

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Super Grover

Trivia: Robert Altman, director of the 1970 film on which the series is based, strongly disliked the show.

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Trivia: The pictures painted by Col. Potter throughout the show actually were painted by Harry Morgan, the actor playing Col. Potter, who is an amateur painter in real life.

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Doc

Trivia: "Suicide is Painless", the show's theme song, was a UK No 1 single in 1980. However, the producers couldn't use the original version for a TV series theme due to the nature of the lyrics..

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Trivia: Throughout the series, Nurses Able and Baker are often seen or heard of. "Able" and "Baker" stand for the letters A and B in the civilian spelling alphabet, just like Alpha and Bravo do in the Nato spelling alphabet. "Nurse Able" and "Nurse Baker" are just plain old Nurse A and Nurse B - not very creative but whatever works, I guess.

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Doc

Trivia: Throughout its long run on American television, M*A*S*H employed "canned laughter" (recorded audience laughter used to punctuate humorous lines of dialogue and comedic antics). However, the producers deliberately omitted the canned laughter in every surgery scene, even when the jokes were still flying thick and fast.

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Charles Austin Miller

Trivia: Jamie Farr (who played the cross-dressing Corporal and later Sergeant Maxwell Klinger) really did serve in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea for two years, starting in 1955. When he joined the M*A*S*H television series in the 1970s, Jamie Farr wore his actual U.S. Army dog-tags in every appearance.

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Henry Blake: All I know is what they taught me at command school. There are certain rules about a war, and rule number one is that young men die. And rule number two is that doctors can't change rule number one.

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