Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)
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Klink vs. the Gonculator 

Coming up with a fake secret device, the gonculator, Klink brings to Stalag 13 the electronics expert who wants to defect.


Bruce Bilson


Phil Sharp, Bernard Fein (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Bob Crane ... Col. Hogan
Werner Klemperer ... Col. Klink
John Banner ... Sgt. Schultz
Robert Clary ... LeBeau
Richard Dawson ... Newkirk
Ivan Dixon ... Kinchloe
Larry Hovis ... Carter
Leon Askin ... General Burkhalter
Victoria Carroll ... Lila Fenster
Noam Pitlik Noam Pitlik ... Major Lutz
Dave Morick Dave Morick ... Captain Dingel


Coming up with a fake secret device, the gonculator, Klink brings to Stalag 13 the electronics expert who wants to defect.

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Comedy | War







Release Date:

5 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Per the title, the term "gonculator" made it into the American language as a word meaning an unknown or fictitious spare part. See more »


In a conversation with Klink, Hogan mentions having been assigned to duties "...at the Pentagon..." However, the dating of events in the series indicate that Hogan was an inmate of Stalag 13 from February of 1942 (the date given for events in the pilot) through the end of the war. The Pentagon was not dedicated until 15 January 1943 (but was partially occupied as of 1 April 1942). Since Hogan was already in Stalag 13 by February of 1942, he could only have been employed at the Pentagon as a construction worker, not an officer. See more »

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An ending so far-fetched you had to laugh.
25 August 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode takes a turn for the silly as Carter is building a rabbit trap with spare parts from the Stalag. When Schultz sees the contraption, they tell him that it is a Gonculator (a name made up). All of the sudden Klink and Burkhalter are interested in the useless machine thinking it is some kind of secret weapon. And they go ahead and let the men build the 'gonculator' and then take credit for the capture.

The reason that Hogan's men are going for such a large ruse is that Major Lutz, who is a expert in electronics, is in charge of building bomb devises and want to escape Germany. Hogan will try to get Lutz to make a visit to the Stalag so an escape can be made.

There are some nice parts like when Klink and Burhalter will not admit that they never heard of a 'gonculator'. Even the ending is so far-fetched that it becomes funny that no German thought to investigate. Not the best episode but nice to watch.

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