M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Lt. Radar O'Reilly 

To settle a poker debt, an officer forges promotion papers for Radar to become a Lieutenant



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Master Sergeant "Woody" Woodruff is in charge of mimeograph at "I" Corp; he also owes BJ and Hawkeye combined poker debts totalling more than $100.00. He suggests repaying his poker debts in an interesting way. At mail call, Margaret gets a crackling, leather whip from her fiance. Father gets a box of Ritz crackers instead of the requested RC communion wafers. Col. Potter gets two letters, one from his 5-year old granddaughter and one from "I" Corp: Mama says don't play with ashtrays and Radar O'Reilly is now a 2d Lieutenant. Will Radar like being 2d Louie and not an enlisted NCO? Is the brass always greener on the other side, as BJ says? Radar may find he prefers the merits of forbidden fruit to a military salute. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

12 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hawkeye and BJ, while trying to discourage Col. Potter from calling "I" Corps, claim only two people know how to work the phone: "Radar, and Sgt. Marconi." This is as reference to Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi, who was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system. See more »


Even if he had been promoted, Radar would not wear wear a medical insignia. See more »


Hawkeye: [BJ is giggling] What's is it BJ?
B.J.: Play this on your mimeograph machine: Lieutenant Radar O'Reilly
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References Two Tickets to Broadway (1951) See more »


You Oughta Be In Pictures
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Dana Suesse
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Portion sung/whistled by Jamie Farr
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Sometimes We Need to Be Where We Need to Be
16 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Sergeant from I-corps is unable to pay his poker losses. In order to stay in the game, he offers to promote the doctors. They choose not to but ask if he can promote Radar. He goes from Corporal all the way to Second Lieutenant. This is funny at first, but soon his life begins to become complicated. All the things he enjoyed being an enlisted man start to unravel. He gets no respect from other soldiers or from fellow officers. He even loses his clerk's job to Klinger, who is utterly incompetent. He has developed a relationship with a nurse and she now rejects him. It is a clever idea and it works well as Gary Burghoff does his usually fine job as the frenetic little guy.

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