Hogan's Heroes

Hogan's Heroes (1965)

85 mistakes in season 1

Anchors Aweigh, Men of Stalag 13 - S1-E16

Revealing mistake: When the "Boat" is loaded on a "trailer", you can see that it has very little ground clearance. The wheels of the "trailer" actually are hidden behind the boards like on a parade wagon. The boat has no keel and no hull below its freeboard. Besides the question of how the boat got onto the trailer if it is practically built around it, there remains the question of how it is supposed to stay afloat without a keel or a bottom.

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The 43rd, a Moving Story - S1-E23

Character mistake: When Klink explains the route of the trucks carrying the red cross packages to Kühn, he for once uses a map actually showing Germany. Unfortunately, the places he points to start near Luxemburg and track all across Germany. The spot he places Hammelburg at would be near Poznan in Poland.

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The Gold Rush - S1-E18

Continuity mistake: Hogan and company use red painted gold bricks to replace the wooden stairs that they sabotaged. The steps after this episode should have been brick, but they went back to being wooden.

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The Safecracker Suite - S1-E27

Continuity mistake: As Günther leaves the room, Klink touches his forehead and begins to sit down (or his knees are buckling, not relevant). After the next cut, he sinks down into a chair in a closeup. That same chair was behind Hogan before the cut.

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Request Permission to Escape - S1-E32

Character mistake: When ordering Schultz to finish cleaning his car, Klink salutes Schultz, his returning the salute with the garden hose in his hand leads to Klink being soaked. A salute is, except in rare circumstances, always initiated by the lower-ranking individual and returned by his superior, not the other way round. This rule is broken especially by Klink in several other places as well.

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Hold That Tiger - S1-E2

Factual error: The tank used in the episode was not a tiger tank but an American M7 tank.

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The Flame Grows Higher - S1-E31

Visible crew/equipment: Toward the end of the episode, after the two women are taken out by the Gestapo, Shultz, Hogan, Lebeau, and Newkirk are standing having a drink. The camera goes in for a close-up on Shultz, there is a noticeable shadow of the camera on Shultz's coat, and right arm.

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The Gold Rush - S1-E18

Revealing mistake: When Le Beau holds up the gold painted brick and the "gold" brick, the ends reveal that they appear to be pieces of lumber. The ends seem to have grains consistent with lumber.

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Movies Are Your Best Escape - S1-E8

Revealing mistake: When Schultz is talking to Hogan and Le Beau, the guard outside walks past. As he does, you can see three shadows from him revealing the studio lighting, rather than him really being outside.

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Hello, Zolle - S1-E19

Revealing mistake: In the close ups of Maj. Zolle, it can be seen that the spectacles that he has on have no lenses.

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The Scientist - S1-E12

Audio problem: Hogan knocks out his pipe against the Prussian helmet on Klink's desk. It makes a tinny, metallic sound. The Prussian Pickelhaube was made from compressed leather, not metal.

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Hogan's Hofbrau - S1-E13

Continuity mistake: LeBeau and Newkirk are on a building roof and the Nazi flag is blowing in the wind with great force. In the next shot a guard tower is shown with a Nazi flag that's hanging straight down and blowing at all.

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The 43rd, a Moving Story - S1-E23

Revealing mistake: As Carter and Newkirk sit by the wall catching their breath, a seam can be seen running vertically where two wall sections meet behind them.

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Request Permission to Escape - S1-E32

Continuity mistake: As Schultz starts to wet Klink, several big spots appear on the left of Schultz's jacket, then disappear a moment later.

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

Continuity mistake: As Tillman starts to talk to Hogan, he places his hand on, then removes, it from, Hogan's arm. A second later, he repeats removing his hand.

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Hogan's Hofbrau - S1-E13

Other mistake: After talking to the officers in the Höfbräu, the scene shifts to a closed business with Hogan talking to the waitress. As it shifts, the cameraman accidentally shakes the camera.

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The Scientist - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: When Newkirk calls "Heil Hitler", everyone in the lobby salutes. A second later, in the closeup of Hogan and Newkirk, everyone's arms are suddenly back by their sides, much too quickly to be real.

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Reservations Are Required - S1-E15

Continuity mistake: Hogan dumps a bucket of water on Barnes and Davis each, to make it look like they were the ones who hid in the tanker. They get big wet patches on their uniforms from it, but aren't completely wet through and through - which is to be expected, after all it's just a small bucket of water each. After the next cut however, they are completely soaked like they went swimming.

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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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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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The Safecracker Suite - S1-E27

Continuity mistake: After saying "I hate to be a killjoy", Newkirk has his fork up and pointed towards Kinchloe. A second later, it's pointed down.

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The Pizza Parlor - S1-E22

Continuity mistake: Major Bonacelli goes to put his hand in his coat for money, he pauses with it in for the next few lines. When Newkirk asks about Germans eating a lot of pizza, Bonacelli's hand is suddenly out and gesturing.

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Anchors Aweigh, Men of Stalag 13 - S1-E16

Audio problem: As the last German soldier before Hogan goes up the ramp, Le Beau is heard saying "schnell, schnell!" (fast, fast). As he says it, his mouth doesn't move.

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Anchors Aweigh, Men of Stalag 13 - S1-E16

Continuity mistake: After saying that Michaels disappeared, truck and all, Klink brings his hands together, and interlaces his fingers. A second later, the fingers interlace again.

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Anchors Aweigh, Men of Stalag 13 - S1-E16

Continuity mistake: In Klink's office, as Hogan tries to make a fast exit, Klink calls him back with "I'm not finished with you yet." As he does, his hands are clasped in front of him, then a second later, they are down on the desk.

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Hello, Zolle - S1-E19

Continuity mistake: The emblem on the left side of Schultz's helmet is mostly gone. Later when apprehending Stoffel, the emblem is complete.

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Hello, Zolle - S1-E19

Visible crew/equipment: As Hogan and Le Beau crawl through the car and shut the door, the camera rig, equipment, and cameraman are reflected in the window.

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The Flight of the Valkyrie - S1-E5

Other mistake: As Crittendon pops through the wall, it is easily seen that the wall is Styrofoam, or other similar easily moldable material.

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Hold That Tiger - S1-E2

Visible crew/equipment: As Klink gives the info on the Tiger tanks, in the close ups, the studio light is reflected in his monocle.

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The Informer - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: The ground is soft, dark gray dirt. From the next episode on it is hard packed yellowish clay.

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The Informer - S1-E1

Visible crew/equipment: As Burkhalter looks down at the floor under the water tower, the studio lighting positions are distinguishable on the visor of his cap.

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The Informer - S1-E1

Other mistake: In this episode, the German spy Hogan conducts around the Underground tunnels sees things (i.e., steam room, weapon manufacturing line, barber shop, etc.) that are never seen in the series again.

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Suggested correction: It is never made quite clear whether those were really supposed to be a thing or just part of an extremely elaborate plot to throw off the spy. Admittedly, if they were supposed to be part of the plot, the question how Hogan's men managed to set up such a complicated system in the time available would be a mistake in its own right.

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I Look Better in Basic Black - S1-E28

Other mistake: When Hogan asked the girls if they wanted to try to escape to England, the one in "basic black" said that anything is better than being booked in a German prison camp for three years. How did she know when the war would be over?

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German Bridge Is Falling Down - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: As Klink is talking to the sentry post, his hand goes from around the microphone part to along the length of the receiver between angles.

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The Safecracker Suite - S1-E27

Continuity mistake: While Klink is talking to Hogan and the Major, the chair next to the door is almost centered under a picture frame. When the Major is arrested the chair is moved to the left. When Klink sits down, the chair is centered again.

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Hogan's Hofbrau - S1-E13

Continuity mistake: As Schultz is telling Hogan that he's a family man, the shot ends with Hogan starting to turn his head to the left. The next shot shows Hogan looking straight at Schultz, then turning his head.

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Kommandant of the Year - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: The missile sitting on the trailer is thin and yellow, the missile actually seen flying is a fat, pointy, silver Atlas missile - which is an American intercontinental missile by the way, not a German tactical missile.

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Reservations Are Required - S1-E15

Character mistake: In this episode, Hogan suggests a helicopter as means for escape from Stalag 13. As a matter of fact, the allies had no helicopters operational before April 1944. The famous R-4 made its first flight only in January 1942. So unless Hogan planned to steal one of the Luftwaffe's 20 FW Drache (a maximum of ten or so existing at any given time) or a whole bunch of the single-seat Flettner Kolibri (24 total built) he was out of luck.

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Anchors Aweigh, Men of Stalag 13 - S1-E16

Character mistake: Klink claims that the North Sea is about sixty miles from Stalag 13, in reality however the town of Hammelburg and thus the nearby camp are about three-hundred miles from the North Sea.

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The Flame Grows Higher - S1-E31

Continuity mistake: At the end, as Schultz and Hogan come out of the office, there is a blank wall, like a kind of foyer. Any shots of the front door from the inside show the door opens directly into the outer office of the secretary.

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The Pizza Parlor - S1-E22

Revealing mistake: LeBeau hands Schultz the pan straight from the hot plate, but Schultz puts at least three fingers around it while eating without any apparent issues. Note that LeBeau earlier said the Crepe Suzette were "not quite ready yet" - or in other words, still cooking.

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Anchors Aweigh, Men of Stalag 13 - S1-E16

Continuity mistake: As Klink comes out to see the Officer's club, you can see Hogan is on the ground, and Kinchloe is on the boat by the shade. After a quick close up on Hogan, Hogan's suddenly on board, and Kinch has disappeared in a second.

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Movies Are Your Best Escape - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: When Schultz herds the men into the barracks, Hogan and Le Beau are about three feet apart. A second later, they are only about a foot apart.

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

Revealing mistake: When the boys set the trash can on fire in front of Klink's office, there is a problem with the trash. While the rest of the waste paper burns down there is one piece hanging over the top edge that doesn't burn, even being in the midst of the flames on that side.

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The Pizza Parlor - S1-E22

Continuity mistake: When Klink does a walk through in the barracks, he turns to face Hogan in front of Schultz. As he does, the end of his riding crop pushes against Schultz's lower chest and sticks. When the camera cuts the crop is free and well clear of Schultz.

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Go Light on the Heavy Water - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: The boys are looking out the window at the mysterious truck. When the camera looks at them from behind, there's a building right in front of them.

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Movies Are Your Best Escape - S1-E8

Continuity mistake: Hogan takes the movie camera from Klink right side up. The next second, it's upside down. Then when Hogan goes to dunk the camera in the water, the lenses are pointing to his right. In the close up, they're facing his left.

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Psychic Kommandant - S1-E25

Revealing mistake: At the end, when the boys are in formation and Klink is walking through the ranks, he walks around Hogan's right side. As he does so, you can see LA's Desilu water tower.

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Psychic Kommandant - S1-E25

Revealing mistake: When the High Command men are watching the "noiseless engine" plane, the camera cuts to a shot of the four of them in the car. To the right (camera's left) of the man in the right side, back seat, you can see LA's Desilu water tower.

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Top Hat, White Tie and Bomb Sights - S1-E10

Other mistake: When Klink is trying to demonstrate the automated gates to Burkhalter, Kinch makes the gates close, knocking Klink into Burkhalter. Before Klink tells Schultz to open the gates, they are already in motion.

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Go Light on the Heavy Water - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When the smoke bomb goes off, Klink has his monocle on. After the smoke really starts, his monocle is gone without being taken off.

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Go Light on the Heavy Water - S1-E9

Other mistake: After the smoke bomb goes off in Klink's office, there is a shot from the outside where the boys get a blanket to catch Klink. If you look at the window of the office behind them, you can see the smoke coming out in an up and down pattern, suggesting the smoke to be coming from a rig controlled by an out-of-sight crew member.

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Movies Are Your Best Escape - S1-E8

Visible crew/equipment: When the staff car is entering and coming to a stop in the compound, the reflection of the crew member, camera and lighting rig can be seen in the chrome of the radiator.

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Go Light on the Heavy Water - S1-E9

Visible crew/equipment: When the staff car entering the compound stops, you can see a reflection of the crew member stopping the car, the light rig, and the camera in the chrome.

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The Gold Rush - S1-E18

Other mistake: The truck was stashed behind Hogan's barracks. The Kommandant's office was on the other side of the building. While stealing the boxes of gold, there would be no way that the POWs would have been able to see any approaching figure.

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The Gold Rush - S1-E18

Other mistake: After the truck is stopped, Newkirk tosses a dart at the tyre in order to flatten it. Since the tyre hit was the rear tire, there should have been the track from the front tire, but wasn't. Also, a puny, hand-tossed dart couldn't have penetrated the thick construction of a heavy-duty truck tire, let alone flatten it in twenty seconds.

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The Gold Rush - S1-E18

Other mistake: When stopping the truck and Schultz, the area directly behind Carter and LeBeau can be seen to be a matte painting. The reason is because where they are is completely covered in snow, but the open area is very little, and there is a huge snowdrift piled up at the wall.

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Happy Birthday, Adolf - S1-E17

Visible crew/equipment: When spying on a gun emplacement, LeBeau is dressed as a little old lady. When putting on his shawl before going back, you can see the studio lighting reflected on the glasses he wears.

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Anchors Aweigh, Men of Stalag 13 - S1-E16

Visible crew/equipment: When in Klink's office, Hogan gives Klink the bum's rush, convincing him that he's tired. After Klink sits, the camera pans around. As it does so, you can see the shadow of the camera rig.

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Oil for the Lamps of Hogan - S1-E14

Other mistake: Anytime Hogan steals one of Klink's cigars from the back of the humidor, he takes the hinge pin out from the left of the box (camera's right). This time, he takes out the pin, got the cigar, and put the pin back in from just what looked like just left (camera's right) of center.

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Happiness Is a Warm Sergeant - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When accessing the tunnel entrance, usually the spot is in the middle of the side board that is tapped. Newkirk slaps the corner and post of the top bunk.

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Top Hat, White Tie and Bomb Sights - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: As Burkhalter talks to Klink, he raises his hand for emphasis on a point. When the camera cuts to a wide shot, you see his arm down by his side, much too quick without a movement to relax the arm.

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Top Hat, White Tie and Bomb Sights - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: When Hogan is looking around as Klink is showing the gate to Burkhalter. Hogan's hat is up on his head in the usual position. After the camera cuts to Klink, then back to Hogan, the bill of his hat is down shading his eyes.

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Top Hat, White Tie and Bomb Sights - S1-E10

Revealing mistake: When General Burkhalter has entered the camp and is stopped at the gate, the camera cuts to Hogan and the guys. Above the barracks, you can see the Desilu water tower.

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Top Hat, White Tie and Bomb Sights - S1-E10

Audio problem: When Schultz comes into Hogan's office with the pie plate, he starts talking about Klink. As Hogan puts his hand over Schultz's mouth to stop him talking, Schultz is cut off mid-word. The sound he made is heard there, and again at Klink's office, almost like an echo, when everything else said is heard in real time.

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I Look Better in Basic Black - S1-E28

Revealing mistake: When Hogan, Newkirk and Lebeau are dressed as the three women captured by the Gestapo, demand the truck be stopped, the wide shot shows that the truck is already stopped, and shaken to simulate it stopping.

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The Informer - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: In this episode, the doghouse that disguises an entrance to the underground is flipped up on end, and the separate floor is flipped up in the opposite direction. In all of the following episodes, the doghouse, and the floor, are one piece.

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The Informer - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: In this episode, Burkhalter holds the rank of Colonel, Carter is a Lieutenant. In subsequent episodes, Burkhalter is a General, and Carter is a Sergeant.

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The Informer - S1-E1

Other mistake: Klink has on his monocle, as usual. If you look closely, the monocle is a single lens, with no frame. From Episode 2 onward, the monocle has a frame and a gallery. Also, Klink wears it at an angle, not unlike the Penguin in the original Batman series, who also wore a monocle without a frame.

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

Revealing mistake: Toward the end of the episode, a guard is watching Helga posing in a one piece bikini for Lebeau. As you look past him, you see only blue screen, no view of the surrounding property. Same when Hogan climbs up, you don't see the tops of buildings; you can tell it's on a soundstage.

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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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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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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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Psychic Kommandant - S1-E25

Plot hole: Hogan's men steal the motor from the silent plane. When Klink and Burkhalter inspect the plane, Burkhalter doesn't notice the engine missing. Later Klink doesn't notice the fact that it has been put back. This is totally impossible for two reasons: Firstly, if a propeller airplane misses its motor, there is no place to mount the propeller. Secondly, when we get to see the whole plane, it becomes obvious that it has an open engine cowling which leaves the motor exposed to be cooled by the airstream. The propeller issue aside, if there is enough light to see the hand in front of your eyes, it is impossible to miss either the presence or the absence of an engine inside that kind of cowling. Add to this the fact that both Klink and Burkhalter are Luftwaffe (Air Force) officers and therefore by trade have some experience with airplanes, the whole thing becomes even more ridiculous.

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The Great Impersonation - S1-E21

Factual error: When the three captured heroes stand before the Gestapo officer, he sweeps three sets of US identification tags into his hand. The names and uniforms suggest that the three captured personnel are from three different armies. Identification tags differ greatly between armies, all wearing US-style with their usual uniforms they would be worse off than wearing none at all. The Geneva convention would allow for them to be shot on the spot as spies under these circumstances since they initiated combat (blew something up) wearing false uniforms.

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The Pizza Parlor - S1-E22

Continuity mistake: Newkirk holds takes Schultz's rifle so Schultz can play in the game. On Schultz's second hit, you see Newkirk clapping. In the close up, you see Newkirk's hands firmly on the butt of the rifle. Also, Newkirk is holding the rifle with the muzzle in the dirt. This would put a plug of dirt into it, but when Klink takes it away, you can see that the muzzle is clean and clear.

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Hold That Tiger - S1-E2

Other mistake: After Shultz herds the prisoners into the barracks, Hogan opens the door and motions to Newkirk in the tank to get going. Problem is, there are no side viewports for Newkirk to see Hogan, and it looks like he motions to the camera. Also, Shultz is at the wrong end of the building to see the tank go into the end of the barracks.

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Hold That Tiger - S1-E2

Continuity mistake: When in Hogan's quarters, they're planning to steal a Tiger Tank from the Germans. When Hogan rolls up the map, the holder it's on magically slides back into the wall. Any other time, he has to push it back.

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Anchors Aweigh, Men of Stalag 13 - S1-E16

Factual error: When Shultz is standing at the top of the ramp with a crate marked "hors d'oeuvres", talking with Carter and Lebeau, if you look to the right of Shultz's head (camera's left) you can see the Desilu Studios water tower.

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The Gold Rush - S1-E18

Factual error: When the men are lined up to take the strongboxes of gold to switch with bricks, each man in line easily hefts and tosses them to the next man. Gold bricks weigh over 27.5 pounds (12.4kg) apiece. If there 10 bricks per box (going by the size of the boxes), then that comes to 275 pounds per box, plus the weight of the box, which these guys are tossing around without a problem.

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The Scientist - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: When explaining the "experiment" Lebeau has going, the multi-chambered tube is on the left (from the camera's POV) and the long tube with the coil is on the right. As the men up to leave after Carter comes in, the tubes are reversed.

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The Assassin - S1-E29

Revealing mistake: During the attack with crossbow, look closely at the arrow in the door. You hear the sound of the arrow hitting the door, then see the (now skewered) hat shaking on the arrow. If viewed closely, you see a black thread pulling on the arrow. Also, the arrow is almost straight before the break, then it is down at an angle when Shultz is called in.

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The Gold Rush - S1-E18

Continuity mistake: After the POWs cut the stairs outside Col. Klink's office, Sgt. Schultz walks down them. There is a guard standing to his right. After a switch to show the POWs, when the camera goes back to the stairs, Col. Klink walks out and falls when the stairs collapse. The guard is missing without making any motion to move before. When everybody rushes to Col.Klink, the guard runs in from the left also.

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The Informer - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Hogan gives a birthday party when the prisoners capture a German plane. When it is taking off, it is an English Lancaster bomber with a twin tail. As it is flying overhead, it is an American B-17 with a single tail. Finally as it is shown flying, it is a German FW-200 maritime bomber.

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