History Trivia / Mash

19th Mar '18 4:42:22 AM jormis29
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* DirectedByCastMember: Alan Alda (32 episodes), Harry Morgan (8 episodes), Mike Farrell (5 episodes), David Ogden Stiers (2 episodes), Jamie Farr (1 episode).

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* DirectedByCastMember: Alan Alda (32 episodes), Harry Morgan (8 episodes), Mike Farrell (5 episodes), David Ogden Stiers Creator/DavidOgdenStiers (2 episodes), Jamie Farr (1 episode).



** Both Loretta Swit and David Ogden Stiers, in particular, become very agitated when they are asked about the show, or their characters, as they feel that ''M*A*S*H'' and their respective roles of Margaret and Charles shouldn't be the only thing that defined their careers.

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** Both Loretta Swit and David Ogden Stiers, Creator/DavidOgdenStiers, in particular, become very agitated when they are asked about the show, or their characters, as they feel that ''M*A*S*H'' and their respective roles of Margaret and Charles shouldn't be the only thing that defined their careers.



*** And, in fact, there's excellent reason to doubt it: Loretta Swit apparently organised annual reunions of the cast. According to Jamie Farr, the only two who regularly did not attend were Harry Morgan (whose age and health made it impossible) and David Ogden Stiers (who dislikes that ''M*A*S*H'' has overshadowed his career so heavily).

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*** And, in fact, there's excellent reason to doubt it: Loretta Swit apparently organised annual reunions of the cast. According to Jamie Farr, the only two who regularly did not attend were Harry Morgan (whose age and health made it impossible) and David Ogden Stiers Creator/DavidOgdenStiers (who dislikes that ''M*A*S*H'' has overshadowed his career so heavily).
16th Mar '18 10:38:38 AM Premonition45
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* TooSoon: "The Life You Safe", in which Winchester almost gets shot and suffers an existential crisis afterwards, was supposed to air March 30, 1981. However, that same day, President Ronald Reagan was shot in an assassination attempt, so it got pushed to May 4, 1981, serving as the season finale.

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* TooSoon: "The Life You Safe", Save", in which Winchester almost gets shot and suffers an existential crisis afterwards, was supposed to air March 30, 1981. However, that same day, President Ronald Reagan was shot in an assassination attempt, so it got pushed to May 4, 1981, serving as the season finale.
16th Mar '18 10:38:21 AM Premonition45
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* TooSoon: "The Life You Safe", in which Winchester almost gets shot and suffers an existential crisis afterwards, was supposed to air March 30, 1981. However, that same day, President Ronald Reagan was shot in an assassination attempt, so it got pushed to May 4, 1981, serving as the season finale.
15th Mar '18 8:26:51 AM Mdumas43073
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/JamesCoburn and Creator/BurtReynolds turned down the role of Trapper John. James Garner (a RealLife Korean War vet) was reportedly in the mix for Hawkeye. Creator/BobNewhart was cast but pulled out before filming so he wouldn't be competing with himself in ''Film/Catch22'' (it's not known what his role was to be, but Col. Blake seems likely). Frankie Avalon was considered for Radar.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/JamesCoburn and Creator/BurtReynolds turned down the role of Trapper John. James Garner (a RealLife Korean War vet) was reportedly in the mix for Hawkeye. Creator/BobNewhart was cast but pulled out before filming so he wouldn't be competing with himself in ''Film/Catch22'' ''Film/CatchTwentyTwo'' (it's not known what his role was to be, but Col. Blake seems likely). Frankie Avalon was considered for Radar.
15th Mar '18 8:25:26 AM Mdumas43073
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/JamesCoburn and Creator/BurtReynolds turned down the role of Trapper John. James Garner (a RealLife Korean War vet) was reportedly in the mix for Hawkeye. Creator/BobNewhart was cast but pulled out before filming so he wouldn't be competing with himself in ''Film/Catch22'' (it's not known what his role was, but Col. Blake seems likely). Frankie Avalon was considered for Radar.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/JamesCoburn and Creator/BurtReynolds turned down the role of Trapper John. James Garner (a RealLife Korean War vet) was reportedly in the mix for Hawkeye. Creator/BobNewhart was cast but pulled out before filming so he wouldn't be competing with himself in ''Film/Catch22'' (it's not known what his role was, was to be, but Col. Blake seems likely). Frankie Avalon was considered for Radar.
2nd Mar '18 9:46:33 PM Pinokio
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* TheWikiRule: [[http://mash.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page The Monster MASH Wiki]], and another [[http://mashwiki.wikia.com/wiki/MASH_Wiki MASH Wiki]].
5th Feb '18 6:24:26 AM PaulA
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Used (though not to the extreme that is sometimes claimed) for the final scene in "Abyssinia, Henry". The cast, save for Creator/AlanAlda, were not given the script for the scene until just before they went to film it, the better to capture their shocked reactions. Unfortunately, a technical glitch forced the scene to be shot a second time. The second take featured ''another'' mishap, but it was one that [[ThrowItIn actually improved the scene]]; somebody accidentally dropped an instrument on the floor in the midst of the StunnedSilence, which further enhanced the emotion of the scene.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: Used (though not to the extreme that is sometimes claimed) for the final scene in "Abyssinia, Henry". The cast, save for Creator/AlanAlda, were not given the script for the scene until just before they went to film it, the better to capture their shocked reactions.reactions (and also to prevent foreknowledge coloring their performances in the earlier scenes). Unfortunately, a technical glitch forced the scene to be shot a second time. The second take featured ''another'' mishap, but it was one that [[ThrowItIn actually improved the scene]]; somebody accidentally dropped an instrument on the floor in the midst of the StunnedSilence, which further enhanced the emotion of the scene.
27th Jan '18 6:05:22 PM danlansdowne
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*** Similarly, some fans insist that Jamie Farr hates Alan Alda, but likewise, there is no RealLife evidence to support this.

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*** Similarly, some fans insist that Jamie Farr hates Alan Alda, but likewise, there is no RealLife evidence to support this. Trivia items on IMDB suggested that Farr once complained about Alda being preachy and once punched Alda for taking dialogue from him in a script while Farr was "playing dress-up", but both have since been removed.
6th Dec '17 9:11:02 PM Ezclee4050
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/JamesCoburn and Creator/BurtReynolds turned down the role of Trapper John.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/JamesCaan, Creator/JamesCoburn and Creator/BurtReynolds turned down the role of Trapper John. James Garner (a RealLife Korean War vet) was reportedly in the mix for Hawkeye. Creator/BobNewhart was cast but pulled out before filming so he wouldn't be competing with himself in ''Film/Catch22'' (it's not known what his role was, but Col. Blake seems likely). Frankie Avalon was considered for Radar.
6th Dec '17 9:01:03 PM Ezclee4050
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* RealLifeRelative: Creator/RobertAltman's son Mike wrote the lyrics to the theme song "Suicide is Painless".

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* RealLifeRelative: Creator/RobertAltman's son Mike (who was [[WiseBeyondTheirYears 14 at the time]]) wrote the lyrics to the theme song "Suicide is Painless".
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