M*A*S*Hish 6: MASH (1970) Scripts

When Richard Hooker published his novel, MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, in 1968, 20th Century Fox bought the rights to produce a film. At the height of the Vietnam War, anti-war sentiment was high and a movie based on wise-cracking surgeons during the Korean War was a risky bet. When the film wasContinue reading “M*A*S*Hish 6: MASH (1970) Scripts”

M*A*S*H-ish 5: Battle Circus (1953)

“Long before M*A*S*H, there was Battle Circus. Made during the Korean War, this tribute to the indomitable human spirit takes an authentic, almost documentary-like look at the nurses and doctors who operated in the battlefront Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals. Major Jed Webbe (Humphrey Bogart) is a brilliant, hard-bitten Army surgeon with a weakness for womenContinue reading “M*A*S*H-ish 5: Battle Circus (1953)”

M*A*S*H-ish 4: MASH (1970) Pressbook

When the movie MASH debuted in January 1970, it was an unlikely hit in the midst of the Vietnam War. Add that MASH was a comedy, and it seemed even more crass than a film about war at the time. While the movie was about the Korean War, the anti-war commentary was just as applicableContinue reading “M*A*S*H-ish 4: MASH (1970) Pressbook”

M*A*S*H-ish 3: Trapper John, M.D. Script

M*A*S*H spawned two spin-off series after the show ended in 1983. AfterMASH starred Harry Morgan, Jamie Farr, and William Christopher and began the following fall. A series starring Gary Burghoff as Radar was also attempted. That series, W*A*L*T*E*R, never made it past the pilot episode. AfterMASH ran for two seasons before being cancelled. Neither spin-offContinue reading “M*A*S*H-ish 3: Trapper John, M.D. Script”

M*A*S*H-ish 2: Korean War: The Untold Story

In April, the M*A*S*H Matters podcast (Episode 80) interviewed the filmmakers behind the 1988 documentary Korean War: The Untold Story. Producer Arnold Shapiro worked with writer and director Carol L. Fleisher to tell the story of the Korean War and its aftermath through the eyes of soldiers who were there. The documentary was hosted byContinue reading “M*A*S*H-ish 2: Korean War: The Untold Story”

M*A*S*H-ish 1: The McLean Stevenson Show Script

This is the first in a new series of posts that will look at an item that is related to M*A*S*H but does not directly come from the series. Since they are kind of M*A*S*H related, the series of posts is called “M*A*S*H-ish.” There are not a lot of these items in the collection, so this willContinue reading “M*A*S*H-ish 1: The McLean Stevenson Show Script”