Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)
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Klink for the Defense 

Hogan helps prove the German officer that Klink is defending innocent of treason so he can get the plans that he had stolen for the Allies.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Colonel Hugo Hauptmann
Karl Bruck ...
President of Court
Lynette Mettey ...
Fraulein Hibbler


Hogan helps prove the German officer that Klink is defending innocent of treason so he can get the plans that he had stolen for the Allies.

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Comedy | War





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7 February 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The accused German officer in this case is named Colonel Hugo Hauptmann. Hauptmann is the German name for the Army rank of Captain. In other words, his name means Colonel Captain. See more »


The recordings are on wire. In order to edit the recordings the wire would have to be cut and modified. To do this on a wire recorder the ends of the wire are knotted together, when the knots pass though the playback head there would be an audible "click", something that would be obvious to the listeners. The knots would be visible to anyone who examined the recording. See more »


Maj. Wolfgang Hochstetter: It is about his defense counsel. Colonel Hauptmann is a very lucky man.
Col. Robert E. Hogan: Who's defending him?
Maj. Wolfgang Hochstetter: Colonel Wilhelm Klink.
Col. Robert E. Hogan: Klink?
Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz: Klink?
Cpl. Louis LeBeau: Klink?
Cpl. Peter Newkirk: You don't mean our Klink. I mean, the Klink here - you don't mean him.
Maj. Wolfgang Hochstetter: Ja, Kommandant Klink, a man who could have been great, except he wasn't very good.
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References Judd for the Defense (1967) See more »

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This episode kept the viewer laughing
12 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Colonel Hauptmann is a decorated German flier who has had enough of Hitler's reign and now is working with the Allies and providing valuable information. However, his secretary is a Gestapo agent and has recorded several telephone calls that incriminates the Colonel. The Gestapo has arrested Hauptmann and will hold a Court martial within a few days.

Hogan is now trying to get Hauptmann out of Germany but it looks like it will be impossible since the trial is approaching. And with Burkhalter serving as the prosecution and poor Klink serving as defense, a firing squad is already picking their ammo.

You would think that as we approach the end of the final season that the show would be lacking in appeal. But this episode is as entertaining and fresh as when the series was at the top. The action is interesting and the comedy is classic. One of the better lines, that was written for the show, comes in this episode. When Hochstetter says about Klink, 'a man who could have been great except he wasn't very good' - That is comedy at its best.

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