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"M*A*S*H" Rally 'Round the Flagg, Boys (1979)

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Mitch Markowitz (written by)
Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
14 February 1979 (Season 7, Episode 21)
A patient accuses Hawkeye of being a Communist sympathizer when he operates on a Korean soldier ahead of an American. As a result, Colonel Flagg attempts to recruit Winchester to spy on Hawkeye. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Harry Morgan's Finest Epiosde!! See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Harry Morgan 
Writing credits
Mitch Markowitz (written by)

Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

Richard Hooker  based on a novel by (uncredited)

Produced by
Burt Metcalfe .... producer
Stanford Tischler .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Dominic Palmieri (director of photography) (as Dominick R. Palmer Jr.)
Film Editing by
Larry L. Mills 
Stanford Tischler 
Casting by
Joyce Agu  (as Joyce Robinson)
Sam Christensen 
Art Direction by
David M. Haber 
Set Decoration by
Bert Allen 
Production Management
Mark Evans .... executive production manager
David Hawks .... unit production manager
Joseph Silver .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michele Futrell .... second assistant director
David Hawks .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Travers Hill Jr. .... assistant camera
Al LaVerde .... key grip
J.B. Richner .... dimmer board technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Johnny Mandel .... composer: theme
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar soloist (uncredited)
Other crew
Alan Alda .... creative consultant
Larry Balmagia .... story editor
Walter D. Dishell .... medical advisor (as Walter D. Dishell M.D.)
Ronny Graham .... story consultant
David Isaacs .... executive script consultant
Ken Levine .... executive script consultant
Gene Reynolds .... creative consultant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Gelbart  developed for television by

Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks 
Art Department
Michael Casey .... assistant property master
Kurt V. Hulett .... property man (season 8)
Sound Department
William Hartman .... sound editor
Don Isaacs .... sound editor (as Don V. Isaacs)
Edward Rossi .... supervising sound editor (as Ed Rossi)
Richard Sperber .... sound editor
Jean Coulter .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Curtis Foster .... rigging gaffer (1979-1980)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator
Michael Hofstein .... aerial director of photography
Jim Sellars .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Rita Hudis .... technical advisor: medical
Lee Sollenberger .... animal handler
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

24 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

The last appearance of Colonel Flagg (Edward Winter).See more »
Factual errors: When Flagg finishes talking to Charles from the trashcan; he is forced to hide by the approach of a soldier from the mess hall. After he lowers the lid on the can he is supposedly hiding in, the can is rocking back and forth and continue to do so up to when the soldier empties his tray into the can. If the can had a bottom and something as heavy as a man were in it; it wouldn't rock back and forth. The weight would anchor the can.See more »
Colonel Flagg:[holding up a finger] Do you believe that I can break you leg with this finger?
Charles:[stammering] Strangely enough, I-I-I-I do.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best FriendSee more »

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Harry Morgan's Finest Epiosde!!, 25 August 2008
Author: ellisel from United States

"Rally 'Round The Flagg, Boys" had the introduction of four people playing bridge in Colonel Potter's tent. Hung Pak and Doo Pak were about to win big with a grand slam run in the tent. All choppers and ambulances were coming to the 4077th for another round of surgery. Captain Pierece was telling Private Basgall that the Chinese Prisoner Of War patient had a subdural hematoma. Major Winchester was furious at Captain Pierce having surgery on a Chinese soldier instead of an American soldier. Private Basgall was shocked and confused about the snafu.

Private Basgall was undergoing surgery at Captain Hunicutt's table. He mouthed off at Captain Pierce for his actions. Captain Pierce was about to clamp his mouth shut for his smart mouth in Act One of the episode. Major Flagg was ready to nail Captain Pierce for operating a Chinese solider instead of American soldier in surgery; he wanted him nailed for his misdeed. Captain Pierce gave him the finger.

Major Winchester was surprised at Colonel Flagg's presence at camp. He was hiding inside a trash can outside the mess tent. A proposition was useful for Major Winchester; his hope was heading home to Boston upon successfully nailing Captain Pierce and Colonel Potter in association with a "spy ring." How Dubious But Intriguing!! After some coaxing, Major Winchester -- with reluctance -- decided to help Colonel Flagg find the participants in this "game."

Private Basgall entered "The Swamp" to deal with Captain Pierce. He was about to injure Captain Pierce with his cane; he demanded that he and his friend be evacuated the same day. Captain Pierce told him to head back to the post-operation tent before he would regret his childish acts. Captain Hunnicutt was about to break Basgall's neck after his tirade at Captain Pierce. Only then did Captain Hunnicutt notice his injuries to his shoulders; he was sorry for not being aware of his situation. Practicing what one preached was the rule in the script.

Towards the end of Act Two, Major Winchester, Colonel Flagg, and his officers were ready to destroy this "spy ring" in his tent. Major Winchester and Colonel Flagg had arrested the involved participants in his tent. Colonel Potter -- in his obvious manner -- found out that "Mr. X" and Mr. Y" were actually Hung Pak and Doo Pak in the bridge game. In all actuality, Major Winchester set up Colonel Flagg for his own fall. The former was a head of police in Uijongbu; the latter was an actual mayor of Uijongbu. A Brilliant 16!! Enjoy!!

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