Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)
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Happy Birthday, Adolf 

Hogan and his men must destroy a German artillery unit so that the Allies can send in a bombing raid on Hitler's birthday.


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Laurence Marks, Bernard Fein (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Bob Crane ... Col. Hogan
Werner Klemperer ... Col. Klink
John Banner ... Sgt. Schultz
Robert Clary ... LeBeau
Richard Dawson ... Newkirk
Ivan Dixon ... Kinchloe
Larry Hovis ... Carter
Cynthia Lynn ... Helga
Howard Caine ... Major Keitel


Hogan and his men must destroy a German artillery unit so that the Allies can send in a bombing raid on Hitler's birthday.

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Comedy | War







Release Date:

7 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hogan tells/asks Klink "Does Macy's tell Gimbels?" when asked how a POW gets a bottle of wine. The rhetorical question "Does Macy's tell Gimbels?" was a popular phrase used throughout the 1930s-1960s which meant that business competitors are not supposed to share trade secrets with one another. It comes from the rivalry between the large upscale New York department stores Macy's and Gimbels. The rivalry between the two stores as depicted in the film 'Miracle on 34th Street' was very real. The two stores were just blocks from each other and were major competitors for the same customers. See more »


When Klink is about to sit on the hat, the camera moves in for a closer look. You can see a shadow of the camera man at the bottom of the screen on the chair and Klink's pants leg. See more »

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A witty script
17 September 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this humorous episode, Hogan has received word about an Allied probing raid that is to happen the following evening. When they send LeBeau out to look over the area where they planes will be flying, LeBeau sees that they have reinforced the area with 88 millimeter guns that will tear the planes apart. But by the time LeBeau gets back, the Allies have went on radio silence. Hogan has to come up with a plane to destroy the guns.

It just so happens to be around Adolf Hitler's birthday and Hogan makes the commander of the gun-placement believe that he has orders from Berlin for a party. The party is just a diversion so that the Heroes can hopefully sabotage the guns. But time is of the essence.

This was a witty script and very well done by the cast. It was strange seeing Howard Caine playing Major Keitel, in this early show, since he will soon play the Gestapo reoccurring character, Major Hochstetter, to perfection. Overall this was an entertaining show that was enjoyable to watch. It is hard to make Hitler's birthday funny but somehow it was done in this script.

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