Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)
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The Late Inspector General 

Hogan must reverse course when efforts to make Klink look competent before the Nazi Inspector General get the Kommandant promoted with a transfer to Berlin.


Robert Butler


Richard Powell (as Richard M. Powell), Bernard Fein (created by) | 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
John Dehner ... General von Platzen
Stewart Moss ... Olsen
Walter Janovitz ... Oscar Schnitzer (as Walter Janowitz)
Jon Cedar ... Cpl. Langenscheidt


During a visit by the Inspector General, Hogan's men try to prevent the inept Colonel Klink from being transferred to the Russian Front. When their plan works too well and Klink is promoted to a position in Berlin, the POWs must get Klink unpromoted. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | War






English | German

Release Date:

8 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the last of a few early episodes in which the prisoner of war facility was called "Camp 13." For the rest of the series it was referred to as "Stalag 13." See more »


When Schultz enters the barracks, Hogan changes the plan of the camp to a picture of a girl; however, two shots later, the picture of the girl is gone. See more »


Col. Wilhelm Klink: Inspector General of the armies of the Third Reich. Now, he's due to arrive here any moment.
Col. Robert E. Hogan: Here? Why wasn't I notified?
Col. Wilhelm Klink: We should you be?
Col. Robert E. Hogan: Why shouldn't I be?
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Hogan and his men nearly out-smart themselves
15 September 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Klink is expecting a visit from General Von Platzen, the Inspector General, to review his work and staff at Stalag 13. When Platzen tells Klink that his prison camp is the model for others he decides to promote Klink to run all the Stalags in Germany. Hogan knows that if the camp gets a new Commandant then things might not go as well. So Hogan and his men try to discredit Klink hoping that his promotion will be denied.

But the Heroes actually out-smart themselves when their actions make Klink look so bad that the Inspector General is ready to arrest Klink. Hogan and his men must try to find a way to stop Platzen from reporting back to headquarters in Berlin.

As each character is still finding common ground, the episode appears rough compared to later shows. But overall this sets the tone for the series and lets the public begin feeling comfortable in the production. This is a script that will be repeated many times during the years, with this being the fourth episode, for most this was a new situation. Not the best story in the bunch but still entertaining.

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