Hogan's Heroes

Hogan's Heroes (1965)

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Don't Forget to Write - S2-E13

Other mistake: When the recruiting officer is talking to Klink, Hogan and company listen in, as usual. The problem is the coffee pot. Any other time, they take off the top, take out the basket (which is the speaker) and plug in the power: this time, they forgot to remove the top to hear it, which would have muffled the sound. But the conversation was heard just the same.

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German Bridge Is Falling Down - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: In the very beginning, the prisoners are all in formation for a count. Shultz completes the count at 15, reports it, and Klink calls Hogan over to talk. This leaves 14 in formation. Hogan says "Smoke if you have them". Unbeknownst to Klink, the men are in an arrow formation to point the way to the bridge for the bombers. The aerial shot from the planes shows at least 25 lighters lit. Where did the other 11 guys come from? With Hogan, his barracks only had 15 men who would've been in on it.

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How to Cook a German Goose by Radar - S1-E24

Revealing mistake: After Hogan and the boys decide to get rid of Tillman, they "accidentally" set fire to the trash can on the Kommandant's porch. To that end they load up a bunch of trash that's been soaked in gas. Then Hogan tosses a lit match in it. The fire starts at the bottom, but all of gas soaked stuff, and the match, were at the top.

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The Empty Parachute - S5-E11

Continuity mistake: Toward the end of the episode, Hogan turns Shultz around, grabs one of the grenades Shultz is carrying, and hands it off. The one grabbed was closest to Shultz's left side. A few moments later, Shultz turns his back briefly to the camera; there is now a space between the grenades, as if Hogan grabbed the middle one. After a brief dialog Shultz marches Hogan into Klink's office. Once there, you notice that there are now no grenades on Shultz's belt, and his rifle is gone, both without his stopping.

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How's the Weather? - S5-E15

Continuity mistake: When out at the volleyball net, Hogan is called by Kinch. While walking in, Hogan's hat is positioned as normal. When the shot is inside, the bill of his hat is down shading his eyes, and he pushes it up into its regular position.

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Axis Annie - S3-E23

Continuity mistake: At dinner in the hotel, Hogan suggests a picture. Axis Annie agrees, and reaches down for the camera. After the shot cuts to a wide angle, she is reaching down again.

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Who Stole My Copy of Mein Kampf? - S4-E16

Continuity mistake: When the staff car with Leslie Smyth-Beddoes pulls in, Hogan opens the window to see who it is. As you look past Hogan, instead of a daytime backdrop, there is a black backdrop, and the wooden shutters are lit up as if it were daytime.

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Oil for the Lamps of Hogan - S1-E14

Continuity mistake: Toward the end, Klink removes his monocle while talking to Hogan about the oil. Through the next few cuts between them, the monocle is off. When Hogan goes to leave, there is a shot from behind Klink, and he doesn't move, yet the next closeup of Klink shows the monocle in place.

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Praise the Fuhrer and Pass the Ammunition - S2-E19

Continuity mistake: When the German officer throws the dummy grenade, it lands about 15 or so feet from Hogan. In the next shot, Hogan takes only a step or two (about three or four feet) and picks it up.

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The Gypsy - S6-E13

Other mistake: In the end of the episode, after LeBeau said "Hit the deck!", the camera looks to the half-track. According to the plan, there was to be a nitro charge inside it to blow it up. Watch the tarp toward the front. It twitches upward in response to a small explosion on the ground, rather than inside. The sound effects complete the illusion.

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I Look Better in Basic Black - S1-E28

Revealing mistake: A very long fuse is laid down then lit by the boys to distract the guards. While it is burning, watch the fuse in the dirt - it is actually being pulled from offscreen to the right of the shot.

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Factual error: In three episodes of season 1, an aircraft is shown dropping parachutists. This aircraft is a Fairchild C-119. First flown as the C-82 Packet on Sep. 10, 1944, it wasn't operational until 1947.

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Lady Chitterly's Lover: Part 1 - S6-E4

Continuity mistake: As the boys look at the falling plane, it's light enough to see their shadows. As the guards rush out, it's suddenly dark.

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Praise the Fuhrer and Pass the Ammunition - S2-E19

Continuity mistake: As Klink tells Hogan of his suspicion, his arms are folded. A second later, his left fist is by his mouth.

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Plot hole: Hogan's men have that clever device in Klink's quarters, where they turn the oven from below to reveal the trap door. That however unplugs the oven from the chimney, you can even see the smoke pouring out of the oven in some shots. Often enough, they have the oven unplugged for half a minute or more. If an oven smoked into a room that long, the whole room would fill with smoke so badly it could actually lead to smoke poisoning. If nothing else, Klink would have the oven checked. Any device that can turn a heavy cast-iron stove flawlessly like that would by definition have to be quite massive and not disassemble easily. If Klink had the oven checked, that would certainly lead to the discovery of the turning mechanism.

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Hogan's Hofbrau - S1-E13

Factual error: Hogan mentions a store that offers "thirty percent off on T-shirts." T-shirts were mostly unknown in Germany during the 3rd Reich, and didn't see widespread use before the 1960s. Before that, the traditional Unterhemd, known in America as tank top or wife beater, was worn almost exclusively.

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Monkey Business - S3-E29

Factual error: In this episode, the Royal Navy submarine that acts as a radio relay for Hogan's men is hunted by a destroyer. Like in most such Hollywood scenes, depth charges are seen exploding right next to the submarine, which just shrugs the blasts off. In reality, any depth charge that went off closer than 100 meters was instantly deadly to a submerged sub.

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Duel of Honor - S3-E22

Factual error: Erica says she has a plane to take Klink and her to Argentina. The only transatlantic airplane in Germany at that time was the FW-200 Condor, whose military value would have made it hard to requisition even for an SS Gruppenf├╝hrer (which would be the real rank a "General" would hold in the SS, different mistake), let alone for his wife. Plus, even the FW-200 could not have made it even to the Brazilian coast without a refueling stop somewhere along the African west coast, which would have been a problem, because Germany had no possessions there. Klink, being a Luftwaffe (Air Force) officer, should have at least been suspicious of that plan, even if he didn't know all the details off the top of his head.

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The Empty Parachute - S5-E11

Continuity mistake: In this episode, the picture next to the light switch wire is a group seated around a table. In "The Defector" (S5:Ep10) the picture was of Hitler making a speech, and the microphone he's speaking into hides the Heroes' bug.

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The Safecracker Suite - S1-E27

Continuity mistake: As Schultz is asking about Alfie, saying "Who captured him, the Kaiser?", Hogan's hands are down. A second later, his chin is in his right hand.

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