Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)
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Funny Thing Happened on the Way to London 

The Germans plot to send an impostor of a captured English officer to kill Winston Churchill. Hogan plots how to foil the plan and keep the real officer alive.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Col. Hogan
... Col. Klink
... Sgt. Schultz
... LeBeau
... Newkirk
... Kinchloe
... Carter
... Capt. Roberts / Lt. Baumann
... Maj. Wolfgang Hochstetter
... Hilda
Peter Hellman ... Gestapo Agent


Winston Chuchill's right-hand man Group Captain James "Robbie" Roberts (who also happens to be a close friend of Col. Hogan) is shot down, captured and brought to Stalag 13; however, it is all part of a Luftwaffe scheme to assassinate Churchill as Roberts is put in the cooler while a trained impostor is to escape and head to England to carry out the job. Hogan finds out what is going on and makes plans for the real Roberts to escape while the impostor stays in Luftwaffe custody. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Comedy | War





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Release Date:

7 October 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The label on the chocolate bars delivered by the Red Cross is legible in the water tower scene and reveals the brand name to be "Lawson's" (with almonds). See more »


When Schulz takes a basketball shot which goes into the water tower, the frame freezes for approximately three seconds when the scene changes. See more »


Sgt. Schultz: Aw, you're nice, Col. Hogan. You might be my enemy but sometimes you're also my friend.
Col. Hogan: Look at it this way, Schultz, if you got me as a friend, you don't really need an enemy.
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References A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) See more »

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This episode was better than expected.
26 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw that the story was going to be an actor playing duel roles I thought, 'not again'. Nearly every TV show has a story similar and it always seems to be a clunker. But after viewing this episode I can say that I was wrong. This actually was a very interesting and fun show.

The plot involves an RAF pilot, Captain Roberts, that is also well received within the government of Great Britain. In fact Capt Roberts has special clearance where he is briefed by Winston Churchill concerning the war progress. This is where the Germans have a scheme where they will try and assassinate Churchill.

What the Germans have done is taken one of their own officers, Lt. Baumann, that looks just like Capt Roberts and substitute him for Roberts. With some plastic surgery and voice recordings the two people are near identical. The real test, plus the reason they have come to Stalag 13, is that Hogan is friends with Capt Roberts. If Lt. Baumann can fool Hogan then he can fool Churchill.

And sure enough it looks like Hogan has taken the bait. But when Hogan overhears the exact plans, he has to think of a way to get the real Robert out of camp and delay the fake.

This was a better episode than expected. What the writer had was a great story and a nice cast that lead to an entertaining production. With the serious side of the switch and the humorous side of Hochstetter and Klink, this made for an enjoyable and amusing show.

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