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Hogan's Heroes 

TV-PG | | Comedy, War | TV Series (1965–1971)
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The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Bob Crane ...  Col. Hogan 168 episodes, 1965-1971
Werner Klemperer ...  Col. Klink 168 episodes, 1965-1971
John Banner ...  Sgt. Schultz / ... 168 episodes, 1965-1971
Richard Dawson ...  Newkirk / ... 168 episodes, 1965-1971
Robert Clary ...  LeBeau 167 episodes, 1965-1971
Larry Hovis ...  Carter / ... 166 episodes, 1965-1971
Ivan Dixon ...  Kinchloe / ... 142 episodes, 1965-1970
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Colonel Hogan leads a ragtag band of POW's caught behind German lines in this popular television comedy. The bumbling Germans give Hogan and his crew plenty of opportunities to sabotage their war efforts. Colonel Klink is more concerned with having everything run smoothly and avoiding any trouble with his superiors (especially anything that might result in his being reassigned and sent to the front) than with being tough on Hogan and his fellow prisoners. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Stalag 13: the camp where the prisoners plot to get in, not out. Starring Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer and John Banner. (season 6) See more »

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Comedy | War

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USA

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English | German | French

Release Date:

17 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Käfig voller Helden See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (pilot)| Color

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4:3
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Most night scenes were filmed using a "day for night" filter, which is a special attachment used to make scenes filmed during the day, to look like night. See more »

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During evening scenes, you can hear crickets chirping. They would not exist during a typical German winter. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Klink: [runs to the window and shouts outside] Schultz! Close the gates! The War is back on!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Untamed Youth (1990) See more »

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Hogan's Heroes more clever than credited
13 October 2005 | by quicrevaSee all my reviews

I watched Hogan's Heroes in reruns as a kid, although not consistently. Some thirty years later I happened to catch it in reruns once more, and was surprised to discover how clever it actually was. It was a zany and often silly lampoon of heroic war and spy movies. In order to appreciate the plots and humor, viewers actually require a fair amount of background knowledge on World War II. Examples include: the difference between a POW camp and concentration camp; German laws which prevented military personnel from joining the Nazi party (thus Klink, Schultz and the other Luftwaffe personnel were not Nazis); the difference between the Abwehr and the SS; the location and importance of such facilities as Peenemunde…the list goes on and on. The show was also avant-garde for its time, one of the first in which an African-American was portrayed in a wholly positive light, as a competent and intelligent human being. The actors were all talented and worked well together.

As for those who say there is nothing funny about Nazis – Ha! Please go get back in the line where God is handing out a sense of humor. Hogan's Heroes had the taste and good sense to hint at the truly dark side of that regime, without ever focusing upon it. Most notably, it stayed away from the Holocaust, understanding that there really was nothing amusing about that. The rest of Nazism – the crude methods, the arrogance, the bureaucratic incompetence – deserves nothing but mockery. Read a good history of the Third Reich and you come away wondering how those bozos ever managed to stay in power for twelve years. These were the folk who exiled, imprisoned or executed almost all of Germany's best and brightest, from Einstein to Rommel. Nazism was never good at anything beyond terrorizing the weak and murdering those who got in its way. Step outside of modern concepts of political correctness and you realize that Hogan's Heroes gave the National Socialists exactly the sort of notoriety they deserved: dismissive ridicule. Hitler must be writhing in his grave. Amen.


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