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" Corp: 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" Corp driver decides to stay and join the fun. The 4077 is ... Written by
Judy Farrell, who played nurse Able, was the real life wife of Mike Farrell, the actor who played BJ Hunnicutt. See more »
The film projector is of a type (lightweight, with a built-in speaker) that was not introduced until the 1960s. See more »
A chaplain in the Army has a collar on his neck. If you don't listen to him, you'll all wind up in heck.
Oh, I don't want no more of Army life. Gee, Mom, I wanna go home.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce, Capt. B.J. Hunnicut:
Oh, the surgeons in the Army, they say we're mighty bright. We work on soldiers through the day and nurses through the night.
Oh, I don't want no more of Army life. Gee Mom, I wanna go home.
Col. Sherman T. Potter:
Friendships in the army, they say are mighty rare. So I spend all my free time carousing with my mare.
Oh, I don't want no more ...
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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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