Hogan's Heroes: Season 3, Episode 5

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to London (7 Oct. 1967)

TV Episode  -   -  Comedy | War
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Winston Chuchill's right hand man Group Captain "Robbie" Roberts, who also happens to be a close friend of Hogan, is shot down, captured and brought to Stalag 13. However, it is all part of... See full summary »

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Winston Chuchill's right hand man Group Captain "Robbie" Roberts, who also happens to be a close friend of Hogan, is shot down, captured and brought to Stalag 13. However, it is all part of a Luftwaffe scheme to assassinate Churchill as Roberts is put in the cooler while an impostor is to escape and head to England to carry out the job. However, Hogan finds out what is going on and makes plans for the real Roberts to escape while the impostor stays in Luftwaffe custody. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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The label on the chocolate bars delivered by the Red Cross is legible in the water tower scene and reveals the brand name to be "Lawson's" (with almonds). See more »

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The reference to the British Prime Minister as "Sir" Winston is premature by as much as a decade. Churchill was invested as a Knight of the Garter on 14 June 1954 during his second premiership. He had been offered a spot in the elite organization when an opening appeared at war's end, but after the July 1945 parliamentary elections which brought Clement Atlee and a Labour government, Churchill declined King George VI's offer by saying that the British people had given him the "order of the boot". See more »

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Col. Wilhelm Klink: Perfect! It's going like clockwork.
Maj. Wolfgang Hochstetter: We must have a car waiting to take Baumann to the airfield.
Col. Wilhelm Klink: Oh, I'll arrange that. You can depend on me, Major.
Maj. Wolfgang Hochstetter: I will arrange it. I'd rather depend on me.
Col. Wilhelm Klink: Well, now that you mention it, so would I.
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This episode was better than expected.
26 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw that the story was going to be an actor playing duel roles I thought, 'not again'. Nearly every TV show has a story similar and it always seems to be a clunker. But after viewing this episode I can say that I was wrong. This actually was a very interesting and fun show.

The plot involves an RAF pilot, Captain Roberts, that is also well received within the government of Great Britain. In fact Capt Roberts has special clearance where he is briefed by Winston Churchill concerning the war progress. This is where the Germans have a scheme where they will try and assassinate Churchill.

What the Germans have done is taken one of their own officers, Lt. Baumann, that looks just like Capt Roberts and substitute him for Roberts. With some plastic surgery and voice recordings the two people are near identical. The real test, plus the reason they have come to Stalag 13, is that Hogan is friends with Capt Roberts. If Lt. Baumann can fool Hogan then he can fool Churchill.

And sure enough it looks like Hogan has taken the bait. But when Hogan overhears the exact plans, he has to think of a way to get the real Robert out of camp and delay the fake.

This was a better episode than expected. What the writer had was a great story and a nice cast that lead to an entertaining production. With the serious side of the switch and the humorous side of Hochstetter and Klink, this made for an enjoyable and amusing show.


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