M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 6

Yankee Doodle Doctor (22 Oct. 1972)

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

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In the opening shot at the end of the brigadier general's speech he says "I hope it ...as it was for me" and in the final version of the film "I hope...as it is for me" See more »

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Hawkeye: [Recorded at the end of the film Hawkeye and Trapper made] Three hours ago, this man was in a battle. Two hours ago, we operated on him. He's got a 50-50 chance. We win some, we lose some. That's what it's all about. No promises. No guaranteed survival. No saints in surgical garb. Our willingness, our experience, our technique are not enough. Guns, and bombs, and anti-personnel mines have more power to take life than we have to preserve it. Not a very happy ending for a movie. But then, no war ...
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References A Day at the Races (1937) See more »

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This is a solid episode with an opening scene of a film crew filming General Clayton introducing a propaganda film about the 4077th Mash unit. The film crew then hits camp but after Hawkeye & Trapper find out what narration Frank is doing for the film being made, they take matters into their own hands, literally.

There is a funny farce film that is put together with Hawkeye playing Yankee Doodle Doctor, a slow motion imitation of Groucho Marx, & Trapper doing an impression of Harpo Marx. Their final cut is shown to the entire unit. At the end of the film they make is an excellent dramatic moment with Hawkeye explaining what is really going on at the 4077. This is one of the many moments in this series where drama gets mixed with the comedy to a positive effect.

This show is considered a classic by MASH fans.


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