Hawkeye and Trapper are Tokyo-bound, Frank is jealous; but Trapper wants 3 days without amputating something. Father and Henry bring shopping lists but Radar brings news of more casualties.... See full summary »




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Hawkeye and Trapper are Tokyo-bound, Frank is jealous; but Trapper wants 3 days without amputating something. Father and Henry bring shopping lists but Radar brings news of more casualties. Thirty-six hours and 473 cases later (an all time record) Henry tells the officers about an unusual radio call Radar took from the Chinese. The Chinese have 9 shot-up GIs they are willing to free...but only if unarmed doctors, a corpsman and a driver travel 9 miles into Chinese territory in one vehicle to retrieve the GIs. All must be totally without weaponry. Margaret and Frank do not trust the offer, but Hawkeye believes it. He knows the Chinese realize the 4077 treats their wounded Chinese well and believes the Chinese are trying to give their GIs a break. Radar is to drive the bus with doctors, Hawkeye and Trapper, and a volunteer corpsman, Klinger. Smelling a commendation, Hotlips urges Frank to volunteer and arms him with all kinds of courage. So, five Americans meet a group of Chinese... but... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

17 September 1974 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The song being sung by Captain Spalding (Oh Tokyo) has the original title "North Korea Blues". The song was composed b Wainwright himself. See more »


One of the conditions of the release of the wounded GIs to Hawkeye and the others is that the bus drives across the bridge to the wounded GIs. However, a minute later when the deal is okayed, they bring the GIs across the bridge to the bus. See more »


Army Capt. "Trapper John" McIntyre: I'd like to see my wife again.
Hawkeye: I'd like to see anybody's wife again.
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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »


North Korean Blues
Composed and Performed by Loudon Wainwright III
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Frank Become Dangerous
5 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hawkeye and Trapper are ready to set sail for Tokyo. Their bags are packed and they have got their reservations and plans. Henry even brings them a list of things to pick up for others in the camp. Suddenly, a truckload of plasma shows up. Apparently, when this happens it means that wounded are on the way (and it turns out this is so). They take care of this and then Henry has another task. It seems that the Chinese (the enemy) have several wounded soldiers and they don't have the ability to care for them. They have offered an olive branch. If the 4077th were to send a bus, following their conditions, they can take the wounded back to camp. Of course, they must deal with the reality that it could be a trap. Frank is suspicious. Margaret talks him into going along, hoping he will get a citation or a promotion. What he is is trouble. Margaret gives him a pistol to take along which is counter to the demands of the Chinese. They all meet at what is referred to as the Rainbow Bridge.

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