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Iron Guts Kelly 

General Robert "Iron Guts" Kelly arrives for an inspection and dies in Margaret's tent, prompting his aide Colonel Wortman to do damage control and make it look as if Kelly died in combat.




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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Able, RN
Mr. Kwok
Pvt. Igor Straminsky
Dennis Troy ...
2nd G.I.
Alberta Jay ...


Hotlips always gives visiting generals her special kind of welcome and Lt. General Robert "Iron Guts" Kelly (James Gregory) is no exception. On the day of his visit, Igor has to lay low with the crew of local business girls he imported to entertain the enlisted men. Iron Guts is such a 3-star man, he even has stars on the surgical cap he wears in the OR. Hawkeye and Trapper hate him at first sight but at second sight, Iron Guts Kelly takes on a kind of vigor...or is that rigor? His aide-de-camp, Colonel Wortman, is very proud and protective of Iron Guts: if this hero ever dies, Wortman knows Robert Iron Guts Kelly will perish in a full-scale blazing, glorious, star-spangled death. He certainly would not die with his boots off, of myocardial infarction, in the arms of a luscious head nurse. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

1 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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James Gregory also appeared in Hogan's Heroes and Barney Miller. See more »


In Frank's and Margaret's conversation in her tent, one of her lines--"Did he what?"--is edited in from another, noticeably different take where her hair is drier and the background lighter. See more »


Colonel Wortman: [He's just awakened Radar] That's not a teddy bear, is it?
Cpl. Walter Eugene 'Radar' O'Reilly: Uh, yes sir. Regulations against having the real kind.
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References They Died with Their Boots On (1941) See more »

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He Died with His Army Boots On, Sort Of
5 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

General Iron Guts Kelly visits the camp. He is a gregarious war monger. As he meets the usual suspects, he immediately takes a shine to Margaret (she seems to collect generals). They go off to her tent. During the night, she comes to the Swamp beside herself. It seems that while they are having an interlude (cool euphemism, huh!) the General has gone to his eternal reward. She is desperate enough to ask for help from Trapper and Hawkeye. She needs the General out of her tent. There is a hilarious scene where Frank comes to the tent and finds our boys playing gin (remember, it is the middle of the night). The General's aide need to make sure his death looks like a heroic one, and that sets a series of events in motion. This is a very creative episode although the business of dealing with a dead man goes back to early Hitchcock.

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