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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Episode credited cast:
Enid Kent ...
Judy Farrell ...
Carmine Scelza ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Morgan Earp (archive footage)
Old Man Clanton (archive footage)
Cathy Downs ...
Clementine Carter (archive footage)


There has never been such bickering at the 4077...even Hawkeye and BJ snipe at one another! Father Mulcahy obtains Colonel Potter's favorite 1946 John Ford classic western, "My Darling Clementine" for 4077 movie night. Everyone, from Private to Major, has gone "plumb loco," from all of the hard work and Col. Potter is ecstatic to be able to screen this movie for his crew. Four of the nurses are invited to dinner by Gen. Armistead at "I" Corps: wine, tablecloths, pilots... a car is being sent to pick them up for dinner. The film is full of splices and keeps going "kerflooey" so Potter encourages the group to sing "Tennessee Waltz" while Klinger tries to fix the film. But, Klinger is neither Mr. nor Mrs. Thomas Edison...the film breaks again. This time, Father Mulcahy pounds the ivories with an Army classic: "Gee, Ma, I Wanna Go Home." The next 2 film breaks bring impersonations of Father Mulcahy... and a solo by Hotlips. The "I" Corps driver decides to stay and join the fun. The 4077 ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





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22 February 1977 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Radar is doing an impersonation of John Wayne he quoted a line from "McLintock" (1963), "I know I'm gonna use good judgement. I haven't lost my temper in 40 years, but pilgrim you caused a lot of trouble this monring, might have got somebody killed...and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won't, I won't. The hell I won't.", which wasn't filmed untill 10 years after the series timeline ended. See more »


Hawkeye: [the movie projector goes out once again] Don't blame Klinger. It's an Army projector.
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: It's supposed to break down every five minutes.
Hawkeye: Just like the peace talks.
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References Donald's Nephews (1938) See more »


Oh My Darling, Clementine
Written by Percy Montrose
Performed by Alan Alda, William Christopher, Mike Farrell, and Harry Morgan
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A Night to Remember, Clementine
21 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone is edgy. Boredom has led to finding tasks for the gang and they aren't happy with their work. Mulcahy picks up the mail and announces to Potter that he has brought one the old man's favorite movies. He keeps it a secret from the camp. After supper he announces that it is the famous Wyatt Earp movie "My Darling Clementine" with Henry Fonda and a host of character actors. The age and condition of the film cause numerous breakdowns. While they are waiting for repairs, they sing and joke and have a great time. It's just a charming way to show the love and brotherhood (sisterhood, too) that exists here. Well done.

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