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Colonel Potter hopes a Western will be the cure for the 4077th's morale problem. But during the show, the staff of the camp is forced to make its own entertainment during the frequent film breakages.


Burt Metcalfe




Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Enid Kent Enid Kent ... Lt. Bigelow, RN
Judy Farrell Judy Farrell ... Nurse Able
Jeffrey Kramer ... Driver
Carmine Scelza Carmine Scelza ... Corpsman


There has never been such bickering at the 4077...even Hawkeye and BJ snipe at one another! Father Mulcahy obtains Colonel Potter's favorite 1946 John Ford classic western, "My Darling Clementine" for 4077 movie night. Everyone, from Private to Major, has gone "plumb loco," from all of the hard work and Col. Potter is ecstatic to be able to screen this movie for his crew. Four of the nurses are invited to dinner by Gen. Armistead at "I" Corp: wine, tablecloths, pilots... a car is being sent to pick them up for dinner. The film is full of splices and keeps going "kerflooey" so Potter encourages the group to sing "Tennessee Waltz" while Klinger tries to fix the film. But, Klinger is neither Mr. nor Mrs. Thomas Edison...the film breaks again. This time, Father Mulcahy pounds the ivories with an Army classic: "Gee, Ma, I Wanna Go Home." The next 2 film breaks bring impersonations of Father Mulcahy... and a solo by Hotlips. The "I" Corp driver decides to stay and join the fun. The 4077 is ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

22 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Judy Farrell, who played nurse Able, was the real life wife of Mike Farrell, (" B.J. Hunnicutt"). See more »


When Radar is doing an impersonation of John Wayne he paraphrases a line from "McLintock" (1963), "Well, it looks like you got some people around here pretty mad at'cha, son, but I'm not gonna hit'cha. I'm not gonna hit'cha. Like hell I'm not", which wasn't filmed until 10 years after the series timeline ended. See more »


Col. Sherman T. Potter: Let's all try to get along.
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: Get along little doggie.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: I had a long little doggie once. It was a dachshund.
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: Oh a little hot dog, what happened to him?
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: He got mustered out.
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: I relish these conversations.
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References Can-Can (1960) See more »


They Say That in the Army
Performed by Alan Alda, Gary Burghoff, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Judy Farrell, Mike Farrell, Enid Kent, Larry Linville, Harry Morgan, Kellye Nakahara, and Loretta Swit
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Classic Mid-series Episode
28 August 2013 | by mideleonSee all my reviews

This episode from the early BJ era, is one of my favorites. No weighty storyline. No characters facing a moral dilemma. It's just a straight up comedy episode with lots of verbal humor and less of the broad comedy that was common in the Trapper John era.

The simple plot is that the camp has been grumpy and Potter hopes that movie night in the mess tent watching "My Darling Clementine" will cheer their spirits. Unfortunately, the film keeps breaking, so they entertain themselves by singing songs and doing impressions. It's really a charming episode and a nice change of pace from the more serious or heavily plotted story lines. Though the episodes from this era were generally pretty light, this particular one is a far cry from the dreary and preachy episodes that would be a staple of the series' final years.

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