M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Rainbow Bridge 

Hawkeye and Trapper are Tokyo-bound, Frank is jealous; but Trapper wants 3 days without amputating something. Father and Henry bring shopping lists but Radar brings news of more casualties.... See full summary »


Hy Averback




Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Wayne Rogers ... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
McLean Stevenson ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Mako ... Dr. Lin Tam
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Loudon Wainwright III ... Capt. Calvin Spalding


Hawkeye and Trapper are Tokyo-bound, Frank is jealous; but Trapper wants 3 days without amputating something. Father and Henry bring shopping lists but Radar brings news of more casualties. Thirty-six hours and 473 cases later (an all time record) Henry tells the officers about an unusual radio call Radar took from the Chinese. The Chinese have 9 shot-up GIs they are willing to free...but only if unarmed doctors, a corpsman and a driver travel 50 miles into Chinese territory in one vehicle to retrieve the GIs. All must be totally without weaponry. Margaret and Frank do not trust the offer, but Hawkeye believes it. He knows the Chinese realize the 4077 treats their wounded Chinese well and believes the Chinese are trying to give their GIs a break. Radar is to drive the bus with doctors, Hawkeye and Trapper, and a volunteer corpsman, Klinger. Smelling a commendation, Hotlips urges Frank to volunteer and arms him with all kinds of courage. So, five Americans meet a group of Chinese... ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War



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The song being sung by Captain Spalding (Oh Tokyo) has the original title "North Korea Blues". The song was composed by Wainwright himself. See more »


Dr. Lin Tam, the Chinese commander, instructs the men to slowly bring the bus across the bridge to retrieve the wounded. But after the discovery and disregarding of Frank's puny handgun, Dr. Tam waves for the wounded to be brought up, and they are then shown being carried by stretcher across the bridge to the bus. See more »


Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Radar, I'll need a driver and a corpsman.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Volunteers, sir?
Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Thank you, Radar. I knew I could count on you.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: [Moments later] Uh, sir?
Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Yo.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Uh, excuse me, but I think you volunteered me a little quick there.
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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »


North Korean Blues
Composed and Performed by Loudon Wainwright III
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Not A 300 Mile Goof
2 March 2019 | by noibn48See all my reviews

The comment that the docs would had to drive 300 miles is wrong. The Chinese army was deep into South Korea in 1952. In this case "Chinese territory" was Chinese HELD territory and could have easily been a 50 mile run.

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Release Date:

17 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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