History Film / MASH

28th Oct '16 10:39:14 AM mlsmithca
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* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Hawkeye knows Trapper John looks familiar then finally recognizes him as a quarterback he played against in his college football days. Later they happen to bump into Hawkeye's boyhood chum Me Lay Marston at the Army hospital in Japan.
* {{Expy}}: Apart from a few mentions of them being in Korea, the sets, costumes and props are clearly meant to evoke TheVietnamWar which was ongoing at the time. This was intentional.

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* EnsembleCast: Although Hawkeye and Trapper get the most screentime, they are supporting players in a number of the film's vignettes, and there are over a dozen characters who receive enough time and key scenes in the spotlight to be considered major characters.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Hawkeye knows Trapper John looks familiar then finally recognizes him as a quarterback he played against in his college football days. Later they happen to bump into Hawkeye's boyhood chum Me Lay "Me Lay" Marston at the Army hospital in Japan.
* {{Expy}}: Apart from a few mentions of them being in Korea, the sets, costumes and props are clearly meant to evoke TheVietnamWar which was ongoing at the time. This was intentional.[[note]] The title "And then there was... KOREA" followed by quotes from Generals Douglas [=MacArthur=] and Dwight Eisenhower over the scene of Hawkeye walking to the jeep at the beginning of the film were added at the insistence of 20th Century Fox.[[/note]]



* ImagineSpot: Toward the end when Hawkeye comes into the O.R. to tell him they've got their orders to go home, Duke has a quick flash of himself emerging from a plane back in the States and being greeted by his wife and kids.[[note]] In the original version of the script, the final scenes showed both Duke and Hawkeye being met by their wives and children in their respective home states.[[/note]]

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* ImagineSpot: Toward the end when Hawkeye comes into the O.R. to tell him they've got their orders to go home, Duke has a quick flash of himself emerging from a plane back in the States and being greeted by his wife and kids.[[note]] In The book and the original version of the script, the final scenes showed script end with both Duke and Hawkeye being met by their wives and children in their respective home states.[[/note]]



* IntimatePsychotherapy: Hawkeye convinces Dish to "cure" Painless Pole in this manner.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: Averted. When Trapper punches Frank Burns in the face, he appears to be in as much if not more pain than Burns.

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* IntimatePsychotherapy: Hawkeye convinces Dish to "cure" Painless Pole of his suicidal inclination by spending the night with him, thereby dispelling his concerns over both his heterosexuality and his ability to perform in this manner.
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* InvulnerableKnuckles: Averted. When Trapper punches Frank Burns in the face, face for reducing Boone to tears, he appears to be in as much if not more pain than Burns.



* LastSupperSteal: Painless's "last supper" looks very much like [=DaVinci=]'s original.

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* LastSupperSteal: Painless's "last supper" looks very much like [=DaVinci=]'s original.original, with Painless in Jesus' place at the table and Hawkeye, Trapper, Duke, Murrhardt, Bandini, Ugly John, Radar, Judson, Seidman, Boone, Vollmer, and Ho-jon as the disciples. They are even making similar gestures to Jesus and the disciples in [=DaVinci's=] mural.



** The camp's bumbling P.A. announcer.

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** The camp's bumbling P.A. announcer.announcer, who can never get through an announcement without having to back up and repeat whole phrases after tripping over the words. At one point, he announces that Bandini is performing a surgical procedure that the other doctors may want to observe, and ends up having to spell the word "popliteal"[[note]] meaning situated in the hollow at the back of the knee[[/note]] when he cannot pronounce it.



* ShoeShineMister: Snippets of the song "Tokyo Shoe Shine Boy" are played at various times. The song (an actual tune from 1951, which was also included on the soundtrack album to the movie) is sung in Japanese, except for the words "Tokyo Shoe Shine Boy" in English.

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* ShoeShineMister: Snippets of the song "Tokyo Shoe Shine Boy" are played twice, once shortly after Hawkeye and Duke arrive at various times.the 4077th and once just before Radar tells Hawkeye he and Duke have received their discharge papers. The song (an actual tune from 1951, which was also included on the soundtrack album to the movie) is sung in Japanese, except for the words "Tokyo Shoe Shine Boy" in English.



* SparedByTheAdaptation: Ho-jon, who is killed off in the novel. As noted above Ho-jon was originally supposed to be the soldier who receives Col. Blake's blood, as well as the corpse being hauled away at the end. Instead the Korean soldier was changed to a North Korean soldier (although certain shots show that it plainly ''is'' the same actor) and a POW and the corpse is a random background event.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Ho-jon, who is killed off in the novel. As noted above Ho-jon was originally supposed to be the soldier who receives Col. Blake's blood, as well as the corpse being hauled away at the end. Instead the Korean soldier was changed to a North Korean soldier (although certain shots show that it plainly ''is'' the same actor) actor, Kim Atwood) and a POW and the corpse is a random background event.



* ThemeTuneCameo: During the "funeral" for Painless Pole.

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* ThemeTuneCameo: During the "funeral" for Painless Pole.Pole, Judson sings "Suicide is Painless", accompanied by Bandini on guitar, as the "mourners" file past his coffin to pay their last respects.
15th Oct '16 1:30:49 AM mlsmithca
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* BookEnds / BrickJoke: Hawkeye and Duke steal a jeep at the beginning of the film to drive from the depot to the 4077th. At the end of the film, they re-steal the same jeep to go back.

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Hawkeye and Duke steal a jeep at the beginning of the film to drive from the depot to the 4077th. At the end of the film, they re-steal the same jeep to go back.



* CatchPhrase: As in the book, Hawkeye's is "finest kind". Save for one or two occasions, this really didn't carry over to the TV show.
** Also, that little whistle that Hawkeye keeps doing. (Which showed up again in ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox''.)

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* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase:
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As in the book, Hawkeye's is "finest kind". Save for one or two occasions, this really didn't carry over to the TV show.
** Also, that That little whistle that Hawkeye keeps doing. (Which showed up again in ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox''.)



* ClosestThingWeGot: In one O.R. scene, Hawkeye has his finger pressed against a wounded soldier's carotid artery to stop the fountain of blood, and asks the only unoccupied person in the O.R. to help him with a more enduring solution to the bleeding. Said unoccupied person turns out to be Father Mulcahy, who warns at the outset that this is hardly his area of expertise.



* DistractedByTheSexy: During the party to celebrate Trapper's appointment as chief surgeon, Radar tries to sing a solo verse of "Hail to the Chief". However, as he is being flashed by one of the nurses, he is unable to get through more than a few words at a time before dissolving into giggling fits.



* EmbarrassingNickname: Hot Lips, Spearchucker, Dago Red, Ugly John, Me-Lay...

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* EmbarrassingNickname: Hot Lips, Spearchucker, Dago Red, Ugly John, Me-Lay...As in the real military, many of the staff members at the 4077th have unfortunate nicknames.
** Major "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan gets her nickname after her intimate session with Frank Burns is broadcast on the radio all over camp, so that everyone hears her exclaiming "My lips are hot... kiss my hot lips!"



** "Spearchucker" Jones claims he got his nickname because he used to be a javelin thrower.
** Camp chaplain Father Mulcahy rejoices in the bizarre nickname of "Dago Red".
** Captain Black, the "gas passer" in surgery, is not a handsome fellow, and so has been nicknamed "Ugly John" by his comrades.
** When Hawkeye and Trapper go to Japan to perform surgery on a Congressman's son, they are assisted by Hawkeye's old friend "Me Lay" Marston, so named because his preferred pickup line was "Me lay, you lay." Hawkeye tells Trapper that this tactic only worked on about one girl in fifty.



* HiMom: While on R&R in Seoul, Hawkeye is filmed by a newsreel camerawoman, who invites him to say hello to his mother back home. He tells her his mother's deceased, then asks to say hello to his dad instead.
** According to Donald Sutherland, when his parents saw this film for the first time and they got to this scene, his father stood right up in the theater and shouted, "Hi, Donny!" back at the screen.

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* HiMom: While on R&R in Seoul, taking Ho-Jon to his military physical, Hawkeye is filmed by a newsreel camerawoman, who invites him to say hello to his mother back home. He tells her his mother's deceased, then asks to say hello to his dad instead.
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instead. According to Donald Sutherland, when his parents saw this film for the first time and they got to this scene, his father stood right up in the theater and shouted, "Hi, Donny!" back at the screen.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hawkeye and Trapper can be real assholes sometimes, especially when they pull that stunt with Hot Lips in the shower. But they also plainly care about their work and their patients, as shown when they defy orders to tend to a Korean infant.
* KickTheDog: Frank Burns brings the young Private Boone to tears by telling him that his bringing the wrong needle caused a patient's death, even though the patient died before Boone could have brought it.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hawkeye and Trapper can be real assholes sometimes, especially when they pull that stunt with Hot Lips in the shower. But they also plainly care about their work and their patients, as shown when they defy orders to tend to a Korean half-American, half-Japanese infant.
* KickTheDog: Frank Burns brings the young Private Boone to tears by telling him that his bringing the wrong needle caused a patient's death, even though the patient died before Boone could have brought it.



* MistakenForServant: Due to Hawkeye using his rank insignia to pin a busted zipper on his bags in the opening scene, Duke assumes that he's the driver to get him to the 4077th. Hawkeye doesn't bother to correct him until they have arrived and are eating and Col. Blake asks about the "stolen jeep".
** Later, as Radar is moving Hawkeye and Duke into the Swamp, Vollmer stops to question his "billeting these enlisted men in the officers' area", then gives an embarrassed salute when corrected.

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* MistakenForServant: Due to Hawkeye using his rank insignia to pin a busted zipper on his bags in the opening scene, Duke assumes that he's the driver to get him to the 4077th. Hawkeye doesn't bother to correct him until they have arrived and are eating and Col. Blake asks about the "stolen jeep".
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jeep". Later, as Radar is moving Hawkeye and Duke into the Swamp, Vollmer stops to question his "billeting these enlisted men in the officers' area", then gives an embarrassed salute when corrected.



* NoodleIncident: More of a Noodle Insult. One of the opposing players in the football game calls a (black) MASH player a "coon", trying to invite an attack to get him thrown out of the game. Spearchucker tells him the name of the guy's sister and tells him "Use it!". The guy walks up to the line, and we don't hear anything but the normal background noise of the game, but the opponent suddenly lunges at the MASH player and chases him all over the field.

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* NoodleIncident: More of a Noodle Insult. One of the opposing players in the football game calls a (black) MASH player the African-American Corporal Judson a "coon", trying to invite an attack to get him thrown out of the game. Spearchucker tells him the name of the guy's sister and tells him "Use it!". The guy Judson walks up to the line, and we don't hear anything but the normal background noise of the game, but the opponent suddenly lunges at the MASH player Judson and chases him all over the field.



* PrecisionFStrike: During the football game, Painless Pole tells an opposing player, "All right, bud, your fuckin' head is comin' right off!" The line (an ad-lib by actor John Schuck) was the first use of the F-word in a major American studio film.
** "Goddamn Army!"

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* PrecisionFStrike: PlayingSick: Hawkeye and co. try to get Ho-Jon medically disqualified from serving in the Korean military by giving him drugs that accelerate his heart rate and cause a spike in his blood pressure. Unfortunately, the doctors examining him notice that he has been working at an American hospital and tell Hawkeye that they think Ho-Jon took the wrong medication by accident, so they're keeping him under observation for a few days before examining him again.
* PrecisionFStrike:
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During the football game, Painless Pole tells an opposing player, "All right, bud, your fuckin' head is comin' right off!" The line (an ad-lib by actor John Schuck) was the first use of the F-word in a major American studio film.
** Staff Sergeant Gorman, Hawkeye and Trapper's driver in Japan, repeatedly grumbles "Goddamn Army!"



* RandomEventsPlot: The film, rather than following a coherent narrative, is more of a series of episodes depicting a year in the life of the 4077th. For the most part, once a major subplot -- Painless Pole's "suicide", Hawkeye and Trapper's Japan trip, the football game -- is wrapped up, its effect on the rest of the "story" is minimal.
** If anything, the novel is even ''more'' random and unstructured, and it's a testament to Ring Lardner, Jr. that he managed to [[AdaptationDistillation distill it]] into something that at least had some slight organization.

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* RandomEventsPlot: The film, rather than following a coherent narrative, is more of a series of episodes depicting a year in the life of the 4077th. For the most part, once a major subplot -- Painless Pole's "suicide", Hawkeye and Trapper's Japan trip, the football game -- is wrapped up, its effect on the rest of the "story" is minimal.
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minimal. If anything, the novel is even ''more'' random and unstructured, and it's a testament to Ring Lardner, Jr. that he managed to [[AdaptationDistillation distill it]] into something that at least had some slight organization.



* RunningGag: The camp's bumbling P.A. announcer.

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The camp's bumbling P.A. announcer.announcer.
** When it comes to taking orders, Radar is always one step ahead of Henry while Vollmer is about two steps behind; several times during the film, Radar anticipates Henry's orders before he even starts saying them, then Vollmer shows up to take those same orders just as Radar goes off to carry them out.
18th Sep '16 6:02:36 PM Mdumas43073
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20th May '16 8:16:24 PM jamespolk
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* AllAsiansLookAlike: Enforced as the result of an editing decision. The original plan was to simplify the Ho-Jon getting drafted, wounded, treated at the 4077 and ending up working in the Swamp again with him dying on the operating table. When the O.R. scene was moved to before Ho-Jon got drafted, it being Ho-Jon had to be dropped and dialog was changed to the man being a [=POW=], but they left in shots where you can clearly see that it's Ho-Jon on the table.



* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: The unit dentist, "Painless Pole", [[spoiler:wanted to commit suicide, so they set up a mock funeral for him so he could take cyanide and die in a casket. The cyanide pills were fake, and the only dying he did was [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex in the Shakespearean sense]]]].

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* AsideGlance: Lt. Dish seems to have some unsettled feelings about her use of sexual healing to bring Painless around--until she looks right at the camera and smiles as the helicopter lifts off.
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: The unit dentist, "Painless Pole", [[spoiler:wanted wanted to commit suicide, so they set up a mock funeral for him so he could take cyanide and die in a casket. The cyanide pills were fake, and the only dying he did was [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex in the Shakespearean sense]]]].sense]].



* BreakTheHaughty: Hawkeye, Trapper and Duke do this to Hot Lips.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Hawkeye, Trapper and Duke do this to Hot Lips. It's actually rather uncomfortable viewing, as they choose to sexually humiliate her by broadcasting her sex with Frank to the whole unit, and later to pull up the shower curtain while she's in it. But by the end Hot Lips has become one of the gang, attending one of their poker games.


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hawkeye and Trapper can be real assholes sometimes, especially when they pull that stunt with Hot Lips in the shower. But they also plainly care about their work and their patients, as shown when they defy orders to tend to a Korean infant.


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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Ho-jon, who is killed off in the novel. As noted above Ho-jon was originally supposed to be the soldier who receives Col. Blake's blood, as well as the corpse being hauled away at the end. Instead the Korean soldier was changed to a North Korean soldier (although certain shots show that it plainly ''is'' the same actor) and a POW and the corpse is a random background event.
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* VideoCredits: Clips of the actors as the PA rattles off their names.
17th May '16 2:05:38 AM Mdumas43073
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** If anything, the novel is even ''more'' random and unstructured, and it's a testament to Ring Lardner Jr that he managed to [[AdaptationDistillation distill it]] into something that at least had some slight organization.

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** If anything, the novel is even ''more'' random and unstructured, and it's a testament to Ring Lardner Jr Lardner, Jr. that he managed to [[AdaptationDistillation distill it]] into something that at least had some slight organization.
17th May '16 1:57:34 AM Mdumas43073
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It's one of a few different Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox films alleged to have been the first pre-recorded videocassette to roll off the assembly line at Creator/MagneticVideo in the fall of 1977.

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It's This is one of a few different Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox films alleged to have been the first pre-recorded videocassette to roll off the assembly line at Creator/MagneticVideo in the fall of 1977.
17th May '16 1:57:07 AM Mdumas43073
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4th May '16 6:37:57 PM Mdumas43073
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* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: Pretty much the attitude of the entire 4077th staff (save for Frank Burns and Hot Lips) when they're not actually in surgery.
28th Apr '16 2:08:08 PM Ezclee4050
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* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Hawkeye knows Trapper John looks familiar then finally recognizes him as a quarterback he played against in his college football days. Later they happen to bump into Hawkeye's boyhood chum Me Lay Marston at the Army hospital in Japan.
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