M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Yankee Doodle Doctor 

The 4077th is chosen as the site for a documentary featuring 'false heroics' about MASH units in Korea. After destroying the film, Hawkeye and Trapper make their own movie as a replacement.

Director:

Lee Philips

Writers:

Laurence Marks, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)
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Cast

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
Ed Flanders ... Lt. Dwayne Bricker
Marcia Strassman ... Nurse Margie Cutler
Bert Kramer Bert Kramer ... Sgt. Martin
Tom Sparks Tom Sparks ... Corpsman
Herb Voland ... Gen. Crandell Clayton
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Storyline

Brig. General Clayton sends Lt. Bricker with Special Services to make a special film documentary at the M*A*S*H 4077: "Yankee Doodle Doctor." Henry, Hotlips and Frank are all agog from the prestige; Frank is narrating the film. But, Hawkeye and Trapper are soon disgusted with the pious hypocrisy and propaganda and they decide to scrap the film: literally. With the help of Nurse Cutler and Radar, the good doctors borrow from the Marx Brothers to make a film a little more to their liking. But will Gen. Clayton like it? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Hawkeye and Trapper pay homage to Groucho and Harpo Marx in their b/w film. See more »

Goofs

When Henry is introducing 1LT Bricker to Hawkeye, Trapper John, and Frank Burns in the Swamp, Frank asks if Bricker is a fellow surgeon. But any Army doctor - -especially one as gung-ho as Frank -- would know that surgeons are commissioned as captains. So, Frank should have known upon introduction that Bricker couldn't have been a surgeon.

Also, Bricker did not have medical insignia on the collar of his Class A uniform, which also should have informed Frank that Bricker was not a surgeon. See more »

Quotes

Frank Burns: [practicing reciting for upcoming film] "A group of brave men are at work in a make shift operating room struggling to save your sons and brothers while outside the dogs of war bark at the door of this sanctuary."
Trapper: [Hawkeye barks like a dog] Down, boy, down, down! Roll over. Jump through that.
Frank Burns: "These are the saints in surgical garb, dedicated surgeons, all volunteers. Every red-blooded American knows, if he is wounded, he will be in the strong, capable hands of a Yankee Doodle Doctor."
HawkeyeTrapper: A Yankee ...
[...]
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Connections

References A Day at the Races (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Played on a phonograph in the movie
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The Propaganda Machine Meets the Marx Brothers
21 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a very satisfying episode. A military filmmaker comes to the MASH unit to do a propaganda film to show the brave men and women working on casualties of the Korean War. It is simplistic and jingoistic. The director is a self-centered lech who is a yes man for the Army. He has Frank doing the voice over with an insipid script. It paints the doctors and nurses as red, white, and blue volunteers who put aside their careers to be here. While some of this was true, most were conscripted for a war the proved very little. Hawkeye and Trapper decide they have had enough and decide to destroy the film. The director moves on but the guys get the technical guys to stay behind and shoot a more "honest" portrayal of what they do, with a huge dose of comedy thrown in for good measure. As is often the case, there is a true moral message here, as the film shows. See this one.


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