M*A*S*H: Season 5, Episode 21

Movie Tonight (22 Feb. 1977)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War
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Colonel Potter hopes a Western will be the cure for the 4077th's morale problem. But during the show, the staff of the camp is forced to make its own entertainment during the frequent film breakages.

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Colonel Potter hopes a Western will be the cure for the 4077th's morale problem. But during the show, the staff of the camp is forced to make its own entertainment during the frequent film breakages.

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Judy Farrell, who played nurse Able, was the real life wife of Mike Farrell, the actor who played BJ Hunnicutt. See more »

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The film projector is of a type (lightweight, with a built-in speaker) that was not introduced until the 1960s. See more »

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Frank Burns: [doing a Father Mulcahy impression] Uh, the post-op is collapsing and the OR's on fire.
Radar: Uh, sorry Father.
[doing a Father Mulcahy impression]
Radar: Private Simpson has come down with a case of hepititis. He's the most remarkable shade of yellow.
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References Can-Can (1960) See more »

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Oh My Darling, Clementine
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Written by Percy Montrose
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Classic Mid-series Episode
28 August 2013 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This episode from the early BJ era, is one of my favorites. No weighty storyline. No characters facing a moral dilemma. It's just a straight up comedy episode with lots of verbal humor and less of the broad comedy that was common in the Trapper John era.

The simple plot is that the camp has been grumpy and Potter hopes that movie night in the mess tent watching "My Darling Clementine" will cheer their spirits. Unfortunately, the film keeps breaking, so they entertain themselves by singing songs and doing impressions. It's really a charming episode and a nice change of pace from the more serious or heavily plotted story lines. Though the episodes from this era were generally pretty light, this particular one is a far cry from the dreary and preachy episodes that would be a staple of the series' final years.


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