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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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Bernard Fein, Al Ruddy
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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USA

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English | German | French

Release Date:

17 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Black and White (pilot)| Color

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4:3
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Trivia

Interestingly, when the show was being cast, Werner Klemperer auditioned for the role of Sergeant Schultz, and John Banner was considered for the role of Commandant Klink. However, after the auditions, it was decided to switch them to their famous roles. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits, an African American prisoner is lined up to Hogan's left. When the shot changes and shows "Starring Bob Crane" the same prisoner is now in the row behind Hogan immediately behind his original position. In addition Hogan is lined up on the far right of the line in the opening shot with a prisoner immediately behind him. In the next shot there is nobody behind him and there are prisoners to his right in both rows. See more »

Quotes

Schultz: [Klink is in prison awaiting a possible execution] I have some good news and bad news.
Col. Wilhelm Klink: This time tell me the good news first.
Schultz: You are going to be executed in the morning.
Col. Wilhelm Klink: Then what's the bad news?
Schultz: They aren't giving you a blindfold.
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Alternate Versions

German broadcasts of the show differ from the original. For example, because Nazi symbolism had been outlawed in Germany, any time the German officers gave the Hitler salute and shouted, "Heil Hitler!", the German version dubbed in another, more bizarre line such as, "This is how high the cornflowers grow." Also, anytime the show alluded to actual bombing and killing, the dialog there was modified as well. For instance, when the Americans destroyed a munitions factory, the German version made it a toilet paper factory. And when Sgt. Schulz reported the Allies having bombed Hamburg, it was revised to the Royal Air Force dropping planeloads of candy as a "propaganda maneuver." See more »

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Clever, Witty and Hilarious
14 March 2003 | by homie_gSee all my reviews

This TV show is set in World War II, and that in itself was a very bold move to base a sitcom in a such a dark period of human history. This show excels for having, for the most part a good and generally non-realised talented cast. The stories are entertaining and have a decent amount of tension yet it most definitely doesn't take itself too seriously.

As a previous comment pointed out this show was one of the first to portray an African-American as an equal to white people which was very bold and positive move for a 1960's show. Star Trek had at the same time given black people and women a status of equality to men when they cast Nichelle Nichols as an African American woman as a main character. So I am very pleased at the fact that the producers took a chance and made this character righfully as an equal.

The theme music is catchy, ok may be slightly annoying but Jerry Fielding did a competent job. I a m not sure who scores the rest of the episodes, it seems they reuse and make music for certain episodes and recycle whenever they can probably due to budget but its edited nicely. You may be able to know that film editor Michael Kahn started his editing career on this show and has edited many of Steven Spielbergs films to the present. This brings up the issue of production quality. Not bad for 1960's standards for a less than 30 minute job, editing is pretty good, music, cinematography is alright. Not fantastic but this the 1960s.

The aforementioned cast are filled with talent. Most notably is the principle cast, Schultz (John Banner), Klink (Werner Klemperer) and Hogan (Bob Crane). This show has had nothing but top notch actors and guest actors. Bob Crane may have dabbled in some undesirable off-camera infamous affairs but he is nevertheless a great actor.

Watch this show if you haven't, some episodes are forgettable, some are great, some are just fantastic.

One of the all time best comedies? I would say most probably so :).


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