M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Interview 

War Correspondent Clete Roberts interviews the members of the 4077.


Larry Gelbart


Larry Gelbart, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)




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 (credit only)
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Clete Roberts ... The Interviewer


It is a black and white episode; a male war correspondent, Clete Roberts, discusses the newest method of wartime medical care, the M*A*S*H model. He visits one of the five M*A*S*H units in Korea, the 4077, to interview the personnel. Roberts asks about the newest advances in treating casualties, morale, the families of the soldiers, their recreations in Korea, drinking, what they miss about home, the relationships that have blossomed into family, how they conquer boredom, etc. The interviewer weaves a tapestry from the commentary and off-hand remarks of the interviewees. Written by LA-Lawyer

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With the exception of the opening and closing credits, this episode is intended to be presented entirely in black and white to simulate a "documentary" feel. As of 2018, streaming service Hulu is showing this episode in color (due to an oversight when transferring the original color negative to High Definition for streaming). See more »


Radar claims the closet television to where his family lives in Iowa is about 50 miles away... a two hour drive using the '41 Chevy he's attempting to fix up or an hour by foot. No human being can travel at 50 mph on foot. Average walking speed is roughly 3 mph, meaning this journey would take nearly 17 hours.

On the other hand, the joke here is that it's a 50 mile drive, but not a 50 mile walk, alluding to the spareness of Iowa roads. See more »


[first lines]
Interviewer: The following is in black and white. This is a room in Korea a room most of the men fighting the second year of the war would rather not see. This is an operating room in a MASH, a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. There are five of these units in South Korea. The concept of treating wounded close to the front - this particular hospital is just three miles from the fighting is being tested for the first time. If anything can be said to be a success in war, it is this concept. By ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits are in color while the rest of the program is in black and white. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2017, the series was remastered in high definition widescreen for release on Hulu. The original CBS airing and all syndicated versions were in black and white. The episode however was originally filmed in color and later made black and white in post production. A color version was released for the first time as part of the series release on Hulu. See more »


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Many Poignant Comments
16 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A filmmaker goes to the camp to get a first hand view of the unit by interviewing several of our regulars. It is done in black and white which would have been typical of the newsreel type of reporting. This concluded the fourth season of MASH. This mostly works though I always felt it could have been better. Hawkeye, in his inimitable style, makes random comments that would be hard to interpret for the casual observer. He is so cynical and so self centered (as he usually is) and doesn't respect the questions being asked. B.J. comes across as a man out of his element. Klinger is silly and loud. Frank says exactly what you would think. Radar is cute and sort of clueless. The figures that come across the best are Potter and Mulcahy. They are both really good actors and their openness and sensitivity shine through. I wonder why none of the women were in this. Was that true to the style of these to simply ignore them. At least, it seems, Margaret, in her position of authority, would have been a good interview. Of course, Father Mulcahy's line about the doctors warming their hands over the bodies on the table is priceless.

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24 February 1976 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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