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Hogan's Heroes 

TV-PG | | Comedy, War | TV Series (1965–1971)
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The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders.

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Bernard Fein, Al Ruddy
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Bob Crane ...  Col. Hogan 168 episodes, 1965-1971
Werner Klemperer ...  Col. Klink 168 episodes, 1965-1971
John Banner ...  Sgt. Schultz / ... 168 episodes, 1965-1971
Richard Dawson ...  Newkirk / ... 168 episodes, 1965-1971
Robert Clary ...  LeBeau 167 episodes, 1965-1971
Larry Hovis ...  Carter / ... 166 episodes, 1965-1971
Ivan Dixon ...  Kinchloe / ... 142 episodes, 1965-1970
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Storyline

Colonel Hogan leads a ragtag band of POW's caught behind German lines in this popular television comedy. The bumbling Germans give Hogan and his crew plenty of opportunities to sabotage their war efforts. Colonel Klink is more concerned with having everything run smoothly and avoiding any trouble with his superiors (especially anything that might result in his being reassigned and sent to the front) than with being tough on Hogan and his fellow prisoners. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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If you liked World War II, you'll love Hogan's Heroes! See more »

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Comedy | War

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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USA

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English | German | French

Release Date:

17 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Hogan's Heroes See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (pilot)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Most night scenes were filmed using a "day for night" filter, which is a special attachment used to make scenes filmed during the day, to look like night. See more »

Goofs

Group Captain Crittenden (incorrectly ranked Colonel) wears an incorrect cap. Group Captains in the RAF wear a cap that has a patent leather peak, and one row of gold oak leaves on the peak. The cap he wears is worn by officers only up to the rank of Wing Commander. See more »

Quotes

[in an argument with a captain about safehousing a truck and cargo]
Colonel Klink: I'm afraid I cannot accommodate you, Captain. Please take your truck and its cargo some other place.
Captain: I have orders.
[Hands over papers with orders to Klink]
Colonel Klink: The only orders that I am interested in are my own orders.
[Klink in a casual tone starts reading to himself the captain's orders paper]
Colonel Klink: "All ranks are ordered to extend complete cooperation, assist without question. Ahmmm. Failure... punishment execution by firing squad. ...
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Alternate Versions

German broadcasts of the show differ from the original. For example, because Nazi symbolism had been outlawed in Germany, any time the German officers gave the Hitler salute and shouted, "Heil Hitler!", the German version dubbed in another, more bizarre line such as, "This is how high the cornflowers grow." Also, anytime the show alluded to actual bombing and killing, the dialog there was modified as well. For instance, when the Americans destroyed a munitions factory, the German version made it a toilet paper factory. And when Sgt. Schulz reported the Allies having bombed Hamburg, it was revised to the Royal Air Force dropping planeloads of candy as a "propaganda maneuver." See more »

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Referenced in ALF: Lies (1989) See more »

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Aaaahhh. Nostalgia.
31 December 2004 | by RussianPantyHogSee all my reviews

I've just heard the British comedian Joe Pasquale being asked to define good comedy and his answer was, tragedy plus time. Hogan's heroes (he said) was one of his inspirations and it reminded me how much I loved this show myself, all those years ago. Who would've thought a Nazi prison camp could be the setting for a comedy series, but it was, and the results were often hilarious. The basic formula is the adversarial daily life between American POWs and their German guards, constantly trying to put one over on each other. The main character was the senior American officer (Colonel Hogan) played by the charismatic Bob Crane who strangely never found fame in any other role and was tragically murdered in Arizona. What gives this show such strength is that the 2 lead Nazis (the overweight Sergeant Schultz & his pompous CO, Colonel Klink) were both played by Jewish actors. John Banner (Schultz) was Austrian and Werner Klemperer (Klink) was German and they both came to America as refugees from the wicked regime in their home countries. How's that for putting a finger up at Hitler! I hope fans of the show will like my own personal "contribution". Hogan's Heroes was a massive success in Britain in 1973/74 and close to where I grew up was a Ministry of Agriculture office. One of the guys who worked there was - literally - the spitting image of John Banner. They could have been twins. This man used to walk to work each day as me and my friends walked to school. As you may know, Schultz' catch-phrase was "I know NOTHING", spoken in a strong German accent and every day this poor guy had to put up with obnoxious kids passing him and muttering " I know NUSSINK." You could tell he knew damn well what was going on, but he would never degrade himself by admitting it :) Sadly I don't think today's "politically correct" climate would smile on a show such as Hogan's heroes, but it IS funny and worth seeing if it's ever shown again.


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