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 Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) See more »

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I'm in the Mood for Love
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
Plays while Hawkeye and Trapper dance in the Swamp
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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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