Colonel Hogan leads a ragtag band of POW's caught behind German lines in this popular television comedy. The bumbling Germans give Hogan and his crew plenty of opportunities to sabotage their war efforts. Colonel Klink is more concerned with having everything run smoothly and avoiding any trouble with his superiors (especially anything that might result in his being reassigned and sent to the front) than with being tough on Hogan and his fellow prisoners. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
By the way Bob Crane and his fellow prisoners act, it hard to tell who caught who. In color. (season two)
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Did You Know?
The show was famous for recycling actors in different roles. For example: William Christopher
(best known as Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H) played a POW, a German soldier and a British flier. Harold J. Stone
played both an American agent and a German General. Antoinette Bower
played Berlin Betty, a German scientist and an underground agent. See more
Numerous episodes have Gen. Burkhalter appear at Stalag 13 and boss Col. Klink around as a direct superior would. Burkhalter is a Wehrmacht officer and Klink is a Luftwaffe officer, so they should have no contact, especially considering the well-known tendency of the Nazi military branches to resist consolidated command and operate with near-complete independence of one another. See more
Those prisoners will be released over my dead body!
It's a deal!