M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Yankee Doodle Doctor 

The 4077th is chosen as the site for a documentary featuring 'false heroics' about MASH units in Korea. After destroying the film, Hawkeye and Trapper make their own movie as a replacement.

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Brig. General Clayton sends Lt. Bricker with Special Services to make a special film documentary at the M*A*S*H 4077: "Yankee Doodle Doctor." Henry, Hotlips and Frank are all agog from the prestige; Frank is narrating the film. But, Hawkeye and Trapper are soon disgusted with the pious hypocrisy and propaganda and they decide to scrap the film: literally. With the help of Nurse Cutler and Radar, the good doctors borrow from the Marx Brothers to make a film a little more to their liking. But will Gen. Clayton like it? Written by LA-Lawyer

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22 October 1972 (USA)  »

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The title comes from the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). See more »

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A soldier is seen reading a copy of Sports Illustrated magazine. The magazine did not start publication until 1954, after the Korean War was already over. See more »

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Trapper: [after destroying all of Lt. Bricker's film] Is that it?
Hawkeye: Th-th-th-th-th-th-that's all, folks!
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References A Day at the Races (1937) See more »

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
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The Propaganda Machine Meets the Marx Brothers
21 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very satisfying episode. A military filmmaker comes to the MASH unit to do a propaganda film to show the brave men and women working on casualties of the Korean War. It is simplistic and jingoistic. The director is a self-centered lech who is a yes man for the Army. He has Frank doing the voice over with an insipid script. It paints the doctors and nurses as red, white, and blue volunteers who put aside their careers to be here. While some of this was true, most were conscripted for a war the proved very little. Hawkeye and Trapper decide they have had enough and decide to destroy the film. The director moves on but the guys get the technical guys to stay behind and shoot a more "honest" portrayal of what they do, with a huge dose of comedy thrown in for good measure. As is often the case, there is a true moral message here, as the film shows. See this one.


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