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





Release Date:

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 »


Maj. Frank Burns: Gee whiz, that's terrific. I haven't seen a good movie in ages.
Hawkeye: Frank, don't be childish. It's only a movie.
[Frank walks away]
Hawkeye: Oh, boy! Oh, boy! A movie! Hee, hee, hee! I'm so excited, I could plotz!
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »


Tennessee Waltz
Music by Pee Wee King
Lyrics by Redd Stewart
Performed by Alan Alda, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Larry Linville, and Harry Morgan
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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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