As the unit becomes overrun with casualties and tempers begin to flare, Radar tries to raise everyone's spirits by playing some new records over the intercom.



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Episode cast overview:
Ronny Graham ...
Sgt. Gribble
Johnny Haymer ...
Ken Michelman ...
Patricia Stevens ...
Patient (as William Kux)


After 11 days of no casualties, the Swamp Rats are so bored, they invent "Cranko," a game mixing chess, poker and checkers (over gin) in one game. Radar purloins Boston's turntable to play the new platters the 4077 received; Colonel Potter believes it will alleviate boredom. Klinger teaches Radar how to be a disc jockey and talk the talk to spin platters. Suddenly, the OR gets beyond crazy, Col. Potter encourages Radar to keep the tunes a-coming. The wounded soon overflow into the Mess Tent, Officers' Club and The Swamp as adjunct hospitals. Klinger is scrounging for blood--especially the AB- blood one wounded GI desperately needs. The medical staff is forced to use plasma; everyone is on automatic pilot. Radar becomes a cool cat; his confidence over the air grows quickly. Colonel Potter continues to request the same version of "Sentimental Journey" sung by Doris Day (23 times). Can a drunk bomb disposal expert with AB - blood save the day? Is there any presence more comforting than a... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

24 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It is not without a little irony that Ronny Graham, the actor who played Sgt. Gribble - their thoroughly inebriated blood donor from a nearby bomb-disposal unit, died of liver disease. See more »


When Charles takes his cot to sleep outside the tent, a jeep is heard coming to a sudden stop, supposedly to avoid hitting Charles. When the outside scene is shown to the audience, the jeep is close to Charles, but there is a tent not too far behind the jeep. There isn't enough room for it to have been going fast enough to have the brakes applied as is heard. The jeep would have been backed into position before Charles and the cot were put in front of it. See more »


Sgt. Gribble: I can't stand needles, they make me feel all - ooogy.
Hawkeye: I get the same feeling from peanut butter.
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References A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »


May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
Music by Meredith Willson
Part of Radar's playlist
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Music Hath Charms
4 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Radar "borrows" Major Winchester's phonograph in order to play music throughout the camp. At first he is shy, knowing that what he says is being listened to. Soon the wounded start arriving and Radar is left to do a disc jockey gig. Soon patients are scattered all over the camp, including the officer's club and the swamp. There is also a shortage of blood. Hence, many of the regulars are displaced. Eventually, Potter requests "Sentimental Journey" because it reminds him of someone he fell in love with who turned out to be Doris Day. A blood donor finally shows up, but he is totally drunk and refuses to give because he can't stand the sight of blood. But they finally manage to get enough to save a soldier. Radar's radio station eventually gets shut down.

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