Press Release for 1973 Move to Saturdays

Ever wonder why “Divided We Stand,” the Season Two premiere, feels like a premiere episode for a new show rather than the season premiere for a returning series? Because in many ways it was an attempt at a new premiere episode. And here’s the proof: a two page press release announcing M*A*S*H‘s upcoming move to … Continue Reading →

Prince Charles Visits M*A*S*H Set

In October of 1977, Prince Charles spent two weeks visiting the United States. On Thursday, October 27th, he attended a luncheon at the 20th-Century Fox studio in Hollywood, California. Among those in attendance were Cary Grant, Charlton Heston and Lauren Bacall as well as the cast of M*A*S*H, several of whom were still in costume … Continue Reading →

Alternate Episode Titles

Yesterday I wrote about scripts for unproduced episodes of M*A*S*H using information taken from the online finding aid for the Gene Reynolds Collection of Television Scripts and Production Material, part of the Performing Arts Special Collections at the Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California, Los Angeles. The collection obviously contains primarily … Continue Reading →

Characters Played by More than One Actor, Part 2

I wrote about characters played by more than one actor or actress last week. Almost immediately after posting it, I remembered that the character of Boone was played by two actors during Season One. In “M*A*S*H – The Pilot,” he was played by Bruno Kirby, Jr. (credited as B. Kirby, Jr.). In “Chief Surgeon Who?,” … Continue Reading →

Radar Has a Sister?

I haven’t written about bloopers (continuity errors, like Hawkeye saying he had a sister at one point) in the past, instead focusing on goofs (mistakes made during production, such as a character wearing shoes in a scene and then suddenly not wearing any). But while watching part of There Is Nothing Like A Nurse I … Continue Reading →

A Salute to George Morgan

When M*A*S*H premiered on September 17th, 1972, viewers were introduced (per the opening credits) to Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Larry Linville, Loretta Swit and Gary Burghoff. Guest stars in that first episode included G. Wood as General Hammond, Patrick Adiarte as Ho-Jon, Karen Phillip as Lt. Dish and George Morgan as Father Mulcahy. … Continue Reading →

Characters Played by More than One Actor

As every M*A*S*H fan knows, Harry Morgan played two different characters on the series. In the Season Three episode “The General Flipped at Dawn” he played the eccentric Maj. Gen. Bartford Hamilton Steele, a role he won an Emmy for. But he is better known as Colonel Potter, who took over as commander of the … Continue Reading →