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M*A*S*H - Bug Out Episode
In the episode the Bug Out, Klinger is in a scene carrying a stick with a number of rolls of toilet paper in it. He is marching and humming the theme from the movie Bridge on the River Kwai. This could not have taken place as the Korean War was from 1950 to 1953. The movie was produced in 1957.
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The Caj writes:
Actually, the song is called the Colonel Bogey March and it in itself is considerably older than the Korean War, so feasibly, Klinger could have known it.
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H.Lecter writes:
The lyrics goes: Hitler has only got one ball Göring has two, but very small Himmler got something simmilar But poor old Goebbels has no balls at all.
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kidtwister writes:
Along the same lines...TOW they are in the mess tent watching the movie, "My Darling Clemintine", the film keeps breaking and while Klinger is fixing it the rest of the cast stands up for little bits of business...well, Radar does an impersonation of John Wayne from the movie "McClintok"...minor problem...the Korean war ended in 1953, McClintok wasn't released until 1963!
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ben writes:
This is definitely not a slip up what the Caj says is absouletely right.
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miniwidge writes:
I have been scouring the Internet for this... does anyone know the ORIGINAL lyrics to this ("Colonel Bogey" was composed during the First World War)? I just got the "Kwai" DVD and saw the documentary. It mentions that the original lyrics were quite raunchy and Lean came up with the idea of whistling it, because the censors would have quashed the words being sung. At one time, two soldiers look at each other while whistling and give each other an expression that suggests they know EXACTLY what they're whistling. The DVD does not supply the lyrics, however. I'm also going to post this on the IMDb forum "I Need to Know" section.
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MASHMAN writes:
The original movie was not made for TV. It was a cutting edge movie made for theater release.
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Candie writes:
Actually, sugarmamma, the theme song (with lyrics) was played in the original movie on which the tv show is based.
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sandiee writes:
The theme song "Suicide is Painless" is from the made for tv movie before the series came out. The movie had all the same characters just played by different people all except Radar. The movie was about a dentist who was well endowed but never had any nurses and was questioning his sexual preferences. So the character decides he wants to commmit suicide and Hawkeye gives him a "poison" which only makes him sleep but they give him a funeral type service and put him in a coffin and while he's asleep, if im not mistaken, one of the nurses slept with him. At the funeral somone played the song "Suicide is Painless" while everyone was paying their last dues.
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Sugarmamma28ky writes:
I have watched MASH for a long time and still do when I'm not at work, and I found out some trivial things that I didn't know about the show. And I find it kind of weird, but yet ironic and intriguing that the title to the original theme song to the show is called, "Suicide is Painless". What do you think?
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