M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 15

Tuttle (14 Jan. 1973)

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A little white lie about an imaginary officer balloons into an elaborate charade.


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Episode cast overview:
Mary-Robin Redd ...
Sister Theresa (as Mary Robin Redd)
Sergeant 'Sparky' Pryor
Finance Officer
Captain Tuttle ...


A little white lie about an imaginary officer balloons into an elaborate charade.

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Comedy | Drama | War

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14 January 1973 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Hawkeye, Trapper, and Radar are making up Tuttle's history, Hawkeye describes auburn hair and hazel eyes. Trapper responds by saying, "I think I'm in love." This could be a reference to the film, in which Duke says the same about Lt. Dish, who also has these two characteristics. See more »


When creating a file for Captain Tuttle they decide he was born in 1924 and that he went to the Berlin Polytechnic. If he was born in 1924 he would have reached his collage years in the early to mid 1940's making it very unlikely, as an American to attend a German college. See more »


Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: We can all be comforted by the thought that he's not really gone, there's a little Tuttle left in all of us, in fact you might say that all of us together made up Tuttle.
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The fictive character "Captain Tuttle" whom we never see is, listed in the credits as "Himself". See more »

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He Was Without a Doubt the Best!
22 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the cleverest episodes. When Hawkeye and Trapper smuggle penicillin to the local orphanage, they tell the nuns that a Captain Tuttle is to be given credit for it. Naturally, there is no Captain Tuttle. And, naturally, this person suddenly becomes real in the minds of all the camp. Because of his "kindness" and our boys' intervention, using records Radar is able to manipulate, he becomes a real person. Margaret immediately falls for him and Frank gets jealous. People who don't know who he is remember meeting him. What is great about this is the double entendre comments made by people concerning their knowledge. The problem is, of course, that at some point he is going to have to be present at something and the ruse will be exposed. The way this is all handled is outstanding writing.

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