M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Trial of Henry Blake 

Henry's on trial on charges that Frank and Margaret brought against him. So that Hawkeye and Trapper can't help Henry, the Majors put them under house arrest.


Don Weis


McLean Stevenson, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

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Episode cast overview:
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
Robert F. Simon ... Gen. Maynard M. Mitchell
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
Jack Aaron Jack Aaron ... Major Murphy
Bobbie Mitchell ... Lt. Marshall, RN
Roy Goldman ... Roy Goldman
Hope Summers ... Nurse Meg Cratty


Henry is in trouble; Frank and Hotlips have made serious charges against him: Radar sold shoes for the Style Rite Shoe company; Klinger tried to para-escape the Army on a red parasail wearing fuzzy pink slippers. Henry was the announcer for the Derby Day races where a guy, a girl and a gurney ran for the roses. These charges are bad enough to cause General Mitchell to place Henry under regimental arrest. Radar is sent back to the 4077 to gather evidence to answer the worst charge, giving aid or comfort to the enemy. The power-mad Majors arrest Hawkeye and Trapper and post guards so they cannot escape to help their C.O. Who will save Henry? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War







Release Date:

3 November 1973 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance of Robert F. Simon as General Maynard M. Mitchell. See more »


The WELCOME HOME HENRY banner seen when the whole camp turns out to greet Henry upon his arrival faces the wrong way. It's facing the road out of camp when it should be facing in the opposite direction so Henry can see it from his incoming jeep. See more »


Hawkeye: [seeing Margret using an electric neck massager on Frank] Behind every great man, there is a woman with a vibrator.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Your Retention Please (1981) See more »


Happy Days Are Here Again
Written by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager
Heard on the 4077th's PA radio, partially in Korean
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Every Part of This is Hilarious
25 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Once again the team of Burns and Houlihan have complained to the powers that be. This time it has to do with their perceived incompetence of Henry Blake. He has been sent for a complete hearing of the charges with Court Martial a possibility. He is charged with allowing gurney races in the camp, allowing Radar to run a business (selling wing-tipped shoes), and putting up with Klinger. There is a wonderful scene where Klinger builds a hang glider and makes it two miles from camp, only to crash. The most serious charge is giving aid and comfort to the enemy because he has been giving supplies to a female doctor who helps the pregnant Korean women with their birthing. Hawkeye and Trapper escape MP's and go to the hearing along with the aforementioned nurse. They are closely followed by Frank and Margaret. This is such a satisfying episode.

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