Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)
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The Great Impersonation 

Sergeant Schultz impersonates Klink in a scheme to get some of his men free from the Gestapo.


Gene Reynolds


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
Bert Freed ... Maj. Bernsdorf
James Frawley ... Gestapo Captain


Sergeant Schultz impersonates Klink in a scheme to get some of his men free from the Gestapo.

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Comedy | War







Release Date:

4 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Acting debut of Harvey Keitel. See more »


Part of Hogan's plan requires Sgt. Kinchloe to impersonate a Gestapo General over the telephone. The Gestapo was a civilian police organization that did not have military ranks. See more »


Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz: [about the Gestapo] They could send me to the Russian Front.
Sgt. James 'Kinch' Kinchloe: Or shoot you.
Col. Robert E. Hogan: Or both.
Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz: [laughs] That's impossible. You can't shoot a man AND send him to the Russian Front.
[thinks for a moment]
Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz: No, they could do it.
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One of the syndicate versions of this episode did not include a laugh track. See more »

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Schultz stands-in for Colonel Klink
18 September 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

When LeBeau, Carter and Newkirk are caught by the Gestapo, after blowing-up a train, they, with their false names, are sent to Stalag 4 for interrogation. When Hogan is told of the capture, he immediately plans a way where they can be freed. But it is going to consist of making Schultz a Colonel.

In a strange way, Hogan gets Schultz to believe that the three captured Heroes are going to tell the Gestapo all about Schultz's actions at Stalag 13. So Schultz is now ready to get the three men back at any cost. The cost will include posing as Colonel Klink and going to Stalag 4 to rescue the prisoners. But is Schultz going to be able to fool the Commandant of Stalag 4?

Even though this is a TV sitcom, there does have be some reason of justification into each action of a character. This episode stretched the imagination of everyone involved. But guessing we are watching just for a good time, then this show delivers. Not the best written script but one that was enjoyable enough to watch.

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