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.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Stalag 13: the camp where the prisoners plot to get in, not out. Starring Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer and John Banner. (season 6)
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Did You Know?
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
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
[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.
You are going to be executed in the morning.
Col. Wilhelm Klink
Then what's the bad news?
They aren't giving you a blindfold.
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