Things That I've Noticed In MASH

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Things That I've Noticed In MASH

Post by Doug » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:21 pm

I'm new on this board, but I've noticed a few things in MASH--

1.) Early on, I think just in the first season, whenever a General showed up, the music was a fanfare based on the theme. Reminds of the various themes they had on Hogan's Heroes when Burkhalter, Hochstetter, or a visiting bigwig showed up at Stalag 13.

2.) Why did the showrunners bring on characters from the novel/film (Spearchucker, Ugly John, Dish, and Knocko), plus a couple of new ones (Ginger Baker, Margie Cutler) in the first season, then remove them?

3.) Same with Leslie Scorch (Henry's more-or-less steady girlfriend), and was she in the movie?

4,) Did anyone notice that Charles' name is a reference to Boston--Charles (River) Emerson (a college) Winchester (a suburb)?

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Post by Big Daddy O'Reilly » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:06 pm

In regards to #2 and #3, it was felt that one of the problems with the first season was there were far too many minor characters to write for, which is why they dropped all of them, except for Klinger since he was such a hit, and Father Mulcahy since he proved to be a vital part of the cast.

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Post by Whiskey & A Nosh » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:29 am

They had so many "Dear..." episodes that I wished they had done a "Dear Trapper" one.
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Re: Things That I've Noticed In MASH

Post by Mr Kwong » Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:28 am

Yep, Trapper was hardly mentioned after season 3, I'm guessing the whole "Trapper John M.D." flap had a lot to do with it...

Things I notice lately have to do with the layout of the camp/hospital....Pre-op/supply room look virtually identical, the exterior doors entering pre-op/OR are different depending on whether the scene was shot outdoors or on a soundstage..also where exactly was the kitchen?

Damn I watch too much of this show..

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