M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Our Finest Hour 

An hour-long series retrospective. A reporter, Clete Roberts, interviews the staff. Mixed in are scenes from past shows.


Burt Metcalfe

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Episode cast overview:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Wayne Rogers ... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre (archive footage)
McLean Stevenson ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake (archive footage)
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns (archive footage)
Clete Roberts ... Himself


Newsreels highlight this one-hour special. Minutes mean lives at the M*A*S*H units and reporter, Clete Roberts, has returned to speak again to the 4077 personnel. Everyone is present or in flashback, from Lt. Colonel Henry Blake and Trapper John McIntyre ...even pesky, loveable lug, Major Frank Burns rounds out the current cast as the reporter questions the guys and gals of the 4077. At home, Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is crowned at age 27, Marilyn Monroe pouts and waves, Joe DiMaggio throws and slugs, Nixon seems to ponder and Albert Einstein and Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion chat in a garden as the Korean War wages. Pres. Truman (Give 'em hell, Harry!) defends US foreign policy, Nixon does "Watergate prequel lite" and DDE promises to go to Korea... while GIs from 16 nations are being wounded and dying. The continued battle of war and peace, love and hate that evolves between Hawkeye and Margaret is well illustrated. There is drinking, practical joking, singing,... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

9 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unlike the remainder of the series, this episode was shot on film, but transferred to videotape for editing and presentation of the final episode, and later shortened and edited into two parts for syndicated airings. However, the network tape master was damaged over the years and when the show was prepared for DVD release, it was found that the original broadcast master was unusable, requiring that the syndicated version be used for the DVD release. See more »


Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: Relax? I don't dare, if I do, somebody'll think I like it here.
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Alternate Versions

While broadcast as a one-hour program, syndicated versions are edited into two parts. The syndicated version however, has been the only version of the episode available since the original network broadcast, both in syndication and on the Season 7 DVD set. On the DVD set, a disclaimer is added that says that the original master was damaged and unusable for the DVD set. See more »


Features M*A*S*H: The Interview (1976) See more »


They Say That in the Army
Performed by Alan Alda, Gary Burghoff, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Judy Farrell, Mike Farrell, Enid Kent, Larry Linville, Harry Morgan, Kellye Nakahara, and Loretta Swit
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Many Years of Joyful Entertainment
9 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that long running TV shows sometimes have. This one is a review of the first seven years of MASH. The editors picked and chose various events we are all familiar with. This is done as a newsreel report, focusing on the conflict in Korea. As each of the principle characters is interviewed, we get flashbacks of these scenes. Hawkeye the complainer and philosopher, B.J. the family man, Radar the organizer, Margaret the sexy nurse and administrator, Charles the arrogant malcontent, Potter the stabilizing force, Klinger the seeker of the Section 8, and the missing, Henry, Frank, and Trapper. It's decent enough, but no two hour review can really capture the whole thing.

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