M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The General Flipped at Dawn 

A visiting general, appearing to be more eccentric than the usual army brass and a stickler for regulations, tries to move the camp closer to the front and court martial Hawkeye before they discover that he's completely loony.



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Episode cast overview:
Lynette Mettey ...
Nurse Baker (as Lynnette Mettey)
Teddy Wilson ...
Warrent Officer Martin 'Marty' Williams (as Theodore Wilson)
Brad Trumbull ...
Colonel Atkins
Dennis Erdman ...


Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele (the incomparable Harry Morgan) is one of three Steele brothers from West Point, all generals. As Trapper aptly observes: 'Hey, the word's out that general's a little bit "el wacko."' Gen. Barton certainly has a bee in his bonnet regarding military uniforms, protocol, waste and (dubiously) quoting great warriors of history, like Hannibal. (He was a darky, you know.) When black chopper pilot, WO Martin Williams, gives Steele the stats on his daily chopper runs, Steele wants to move the 4077 closer to the action...just to conserve fuel. The officers are aghast: such a move will get them all killed. An order is an order, but although Steele is a 2-star general, he is a 3-star loony, a fruitcake with raisins for eyes. Hawkeye suggests they disobey him but Henry cannot disobey a general unless he gets an order to disobey. But when an order of Steele threatens the life of one of his patients, Hawkeye has no similar compunction; he gives an orders to ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

10 September 1974 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Later in the series, Harry Morgan went on to play Col. Potter when he replaced Col. Blake (Mclean Stevens). See more »


As the unexpected chopper is landing, there is a Caucasian chopper pilot in a long shot, but when it cuts to a closer shot, African American actor Theodore (Teddy) Wilson is playing the part of Marty the chopper pilot. See more »


Trapper: [after being asked to report to surgery] Doesn't Henry know today is a holiday? Its Aaron Burr's birthday.
Radar: Who's Aaron Burr?
Trapper: Aaron Burr, the guy who shot John Wilkes Booth.
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References The General Died at Dawn (1936) See more »


Mississippi Mud
Written by James Cavanaugh and Harry Barris
Portion sung by Harry Morgan
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The Appearance of Harry Morgan
4 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

General Bartford Hamilton Steele arrives. He is played by Harry Morgan who will later return as Colonel Potter. He is a gung-ho character with a couple of screws loose who begins to terrorize the entire camp. He is a racist. Unfortunately, the antics that usually go over well are circumvented, and soon Hawkeye has gotten himself in trouble. One day the General decides the entire MASH unit has to move so they can be closer to the front. Of course, Hawkeye and Trapper put it upon themselves to get rid of the guy. Hawkeye is charged with insubordination and put before a tribunal. A black helicopter pilot becomes a key witness. This is the first episode of the third season but it comes up a bit short.

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