Hogan's Heroes

Trivia: During WW2 Robert Clary, who played Louis LeBeau, had been imprisoned at Drancy internment camp in France, and at Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp where he was tattooed with the number "A5714." He was the youngest of 16 children. Twelve members of his immediate family were sent to Auschwitz, and perished.

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Hello, Zolle - S1-E19

Trivia: As Major Zolle digs, Kinchloe tells the other prisoner "You may fire when ready, Gridley!", which the man turns on the water. The line was originally an order given to Captain Charles Gridley by Commodore George Dewey during the Battle of Manila Bay, May 1, 1898, and has been used numerous times over the years.

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Get Fit or Go Fight - S5-E16

Trivia: In the gym, Carter isn't wearing his gloves. Therefore, the wedding ring that Larry Hovis wore in real life was visible. He wore the gloves because he steadfastly refused to remove it.

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

Trivia: The "mysterious blue box" that has been mentioned before (that is a box to hold a box of matches) shows up on the wall next to the window in Hogan's quarters.

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One Army at a Time - S5-E20

Trivia: The bridge the boys wire up for explosion is the same one seen in S5: Ep1 "Hogan Goes Hollywood"

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Trivia: In the five seasons of his involvement, Ivan Dixon of Staff Sergeant James (Ivan) "Kinch" Kinchloe, his nickname, Ivan, was used only once. Otherwise, he was usually called Kinch.

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Trivia: Howard Caine, who was best known as Major Wolgang Hochstetter, was born in Tennessee, was Jewish, and served in the United States Navy in WWII in the Pacific fighting the Japanese. He was fluent in 32 American and foreign dialects.

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Trivia: Werner Klemperer (Kommandant Wilhelm Klink) was born 1920. So in S5: Ep16 "Get Fit or Go Fight", when he says to Carter, "I am 49", he's telling his real age.

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Trivia: In the first few seasons the "snow" was actually salt piled in strategic places, along with patches of white paint. Later on, it was all white paint on the roofs and ground.

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Trivia: Larry Hovis (Sgt. Carter) refused to remove his wedding band, and so, he usually (with several exceptions) wore gloves.

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The Klink Commandos - S5-E3

Trivia: The idea was for the series was to always be winter, so that the episodes could be shown in any order, hence the reason there is always snow on the roofs and ground, and frost on the windows. In fact, the filming was mainly done in summer, with temperatures in the 90s, and the actors had to wear their coats, and act as if it were cold.

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The Collector General - S3-E27

Trivia: In this episode, there is a German coat-of-arms on the wall with the bug in it. This is the only time it's seen.

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Operation Briefcase - S2-E4

Trivia: General Stauffen was played by Oscar Beregi, who also played Mr. Schmidt, a.k.a. SS Captain Gunther Lutze, of the Dachau Concentration Camp in the Twilight Zone episode "Death's Head Revisited."

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Request Permission to Escape - S1-E32

Trivia: When Carter first goes into the bar, the Artillery Private he speaks to is played by William Christopher, who, besides a couple of other spots in the series, is better known as Father Mulcahy at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or M*A*S*H.

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The Safecracker Suite - S1-E27

Trivia: As Hogan dangles the key in front of Klink to remind him of the promise to look the other way, Klink borrows one of Schultz's gags in his last line of the scene, saying, "For the first time since I have taken command here, I want to know nothing! NO-THING!"

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To the Gestapo with Love - S4-E5

Trivia: When Klink and Hochstetter look at to see the direction of the bridge blowing up, the scene shown is the same one used by Hogan to get the guys out of camp with the phony forest fire.

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Trivia: In the show, Klink is depicted as thoroughly unmusical and an atrocious violinist. In real life, Werner Klemperer was a proficient violinist and also a piano player. After the show was canceled, he worked as a classical musician.

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Funny Thing Happened on the Way to London - S3-E5

Trivia: Though they tried to blank out the name, the candy bar that Hogan bribes Schultz with is a Hershey's bar with almonds. You can tell by the shape, thickness, and can see the name in the sun.

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Reverend Kommandant Klink - S2-E25

Trivia: In this episode, Major Wolfgang Hochstetter makes his appearance. He is portrayed by Howard Caine, who played two other characters before this, one as a anti-aircraft battery commander, and another as a special investigator for the SS.

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The Swing Shift - S2-E21

Trivia: Hans Speer, the factory owner, was played by Hal Smith, who fans of old television shows would know better as Otis, the lovable town drunk from Mayberry, on the Andy Griffith Show.

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Everybody Loves a Snowman - S3-E14

Trivia: For budgetary reasons, it was not unusual to see one actor play several different characters in a television series. Case in point, in this episode, Noam Pitlik plays the part of an escaped POW. In the pilot episode, he was a Gestapo agent, and various German officers in others.

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The Great Impersonation - S1-E21

Trivia: Toward the end of the episode, look carefully at the Commandant's office exterior of Stalag Four. It has a white railing, a few other support pieces, and a sign "Stalag 4" under the office sign. It is the same exterior for Klink's office, just re-dressed.

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Trivia: Werner Klemperer was Jewish. When he was a child, he and his parents fled Germany when WWII broke out. Klemperer plays Klink as a buffoon, always losing in the end, and totally oblivious to the Allies shenanigans; he insisted that it be written into the contract that this formula be followed. Otherwise, another man would have been Klink.

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How's the Weather? - S5-E15

Trivia: As Schultz comes out of the NCO club, look at the front of the building. It looks remarkably like the building used for Klink's quarters and the office, just simply done with a minor re-dress.

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Never Play Cards with Strangers - S4-E7

Trivia: On the wall that is adjacent to the door to Klink's office, there is usually a picture of "Old Bubble Head" (as Hogan calls him in this episode) talking at a podium; that is usually where the bug is located for Klink's office. This time, however, there is a picture of Hitler standing with a group of people, possibly a parade review.

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Trivia: The ever-present helmet on Klink's desk and in the opening and closing credits is a "Pickelhaube" (pronounced pickle-how-be). It was originally a Prussian helmet design that later spread throughout the German Reich and beyond. It quickly became a symbol of Prussian militarism and hints at Klinks military career in the 1st WW. The spike on top was supposed to deflect a sabre blow from an enemy. The ones on the desk are the 1915 model, identified by it's easily detachable tip. Since it was inadequate in a modern combat environment - it was made from leather - it was succeeded in 1916 by the nowadays equally iconic Stahlhelm.

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The Defector - S5-E10

Trivia: Field Marshall Richter's car is a Rolls Royce. It can be determined first from the radiator. It has the base for the famous flying lady, but she is missing. Second, there is a rectangle on the face of the radiator that appeared to have once had the Rolls Royce logo plaque. Also, the body style and the small trunk with the small top-mounted access panel are suggestive of the Rolls Royce.

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Trivia: Hogan's Heroes was originally conceived as a comedy set in a U.S. Penitentiary. Creator Bernard Fein tried for four years to sell it, gave up, and was headed home on a plane when he saw a passenger reading the novel Von Ryan's Express. That gave him an idea. He flew back to Hollywood with a proposal for a show now set in a German P.O.W. Camp, and sold the series in four days.

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Trivia: When the outside night time activities were filmed (i.e., entering or exiting the Emergency entrance, et cetera), and it was at the back lot film location, it was during the day, and the cameras were fitted with "night lenses." This was a special filter that turned day time to an evening setting.

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Captain: Auf Wiedersehen, Colonel. Heil Hitler!
Klink: Heil Hitler, and get out.

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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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