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"M*A*S*H" Adam's Ribs (1974)

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Laurence Marks (written by)
Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
26 November 1974 (Season 3, Episode 11)
After literally being fed up with mess hall food, Hawkeye goes on a desperate quest to order barbecue spare ribs from his favorite restaurant, Adam's Ribs, at Dearborn Station in Chicago. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Rib, A Rib, My Kingdom for a Rib See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Gene Reynolds 
Writing credits
Laurence Marks (written by)

Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

Richard Hooker  based on a novel by (uncredited)

Produced by
Larry Gelbart .... producer
Burt Metcalfe .... associate producer
Gene Reynolds .... producer
Cinematography by
William K. Jurgensen (director of photography) (as William Jurgensen)
Film Editing by
Fred W. Berger 
Stanford Tischler 
Art Direction by
Rodger Maus 
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett 
Production Management
Ted Butcher .... unit production manager
Mark Evans .... production supervisor
Joseph Silver .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leonard S. Smith Jr. .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Al LaVerde .... best boy grip
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator
Music Department
Johnny Mandel .... composer: theme
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar soloist (uncredited)
Other crew
Walter D. Dishell .... medical advisor (as Walter D. Dishell M.D.)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Gelbart  developed for television by

Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks 
Art Department
Michael Casey .... assistant property master
Kurt V. Hulett .... property man (season 8)
Sound Department
William Hartman .... sound editor
Don Isaacs .... sound editor (as Don V. Isaacs)
Edward Rossi .... supervising sound editor (as Ed Rossi)
Richard Sperber .... sound editor
Jean Coulter .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Curtis Foster .... rigging gaffer (1979-1980)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator
Michael Hofstein .... aerial director of photography
Jim Sellars .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Rita Hudis .... technical advisor: medical
Lee Sollenberger .... animal handler
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

25 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

The title has a biblical connotation since Eve came from Adams' Rib.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The actor who plays the sergeant where the ribs are being held is shown as Joseph Stern - Master Sgt. Tarola. But the actor is wearing Staff Sergeant stripes, consisting of three chevrons up and one rocker. A Master Sergeant would have three chevrons up and three rockers down.See more »
Hawkeye:[Hawkeye has just been told that the mess tent is serving liver and fish for the eleventh straight day] I didn't hear you say that. Because it isn't possible. It's inhuman to serve the same food, day after day. The Geneva Convention prohibits the killing of our taste buds! I simply cannot eat the same food every day! Fish! Liver! Day after day! I've eaten a river of liver and an ocean of fish! I've eaten so much fish, I'm ready to grow gills! I've eaten so much liver, I can only make love if I'm smothered in bacon and onions!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Adam's Rib (1949)See more »


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A Rib, A Rib, My Kingdom for a Rib, 6 March 2015
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

I've probably seen this episode fifteen times and that "river of liver and an ocean of fish" line is pretty memorable. If you put that aside, the whole thing is a bit ludicrous. If it weren't for a series of really benevolent people, few of whom share in the spoils, it could not happen. The former girlfriend of Trapper who gets the stuff on a plane for them deserves a medal. Why should she go through all this trouble. There are times when Trapper and, especially Hawkeye, are like spoiled children. Granted, they are portrayed as amazingly skilled surgeons, but they frequently lust after things that others routinely do without. Hawkeye is tired of the food and wants ribs. But it has to be "the" ribs. There are probably ribs in Tokyo or other nearby places that he could have dined on. But they need to come from Chicago. Anyway, they do present the usual army snafus that prevent a normal operation. Still, there is a back and forth with this camp where one day they seem to have all they could need and the next, they need so much. The writers are often inconsistent in how they portray the camp setting and the needs.

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