MishM*A*S*H 8: Dr. Charles Drew

Last week, we looked at the script for “Dear Dad…Three” (02×09), and in that episode, Dr. Charles Drew is mentioned. In the episode, Hawkeye and Trapper point out the prejudice of a wounded soldier by talking about Dr. Drew’s contribution to the medical field and his death. However, since the episode aired in 1974, detailsContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 8: Dr. Charles Drew”

MishM*A*S*H 7: Bradley Time Watches and Concept Drawings

M*A*S*H has spun off countless licensed products over the last fifty years, and it isn’t too often you get to see the finished products along with some of the documentation from the development process. This week, let’s take a look at two watches produced by Bradley Time Division (at the time part of Elgin). WeContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 7: Bradley Time Watches and Concept Drawings”

MishM*A*S*H 6: Harry S. Truman Library Korean War Collection

On Friday, March 4, I visited the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Truman was president during the majority of the Korean War, and his presidential library holds all of the documents from his presidency, including the war. I visited to see how the Korean War is covered in the museumContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 6: Harry S. Truman Library Korean War Collection”

MishM*A*S*H 5: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen Production Documents

February 28 is the 39th anniversary of “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” bringing M*A*S*H to a close. The finale broke viewership records and is often listed among the best series finales in the history of television. To celebrate, the next two weeks, let’s explore the production documents and script for the finale. Since the two andContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 5: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen Production Documents”

MishM*A*S*H 4: Final Day of Filming DVD Bonus Feature

This month, several posts will relate to final days of filming the series in January 1983. We conclude this week by watching the DVD bonus feature showing the cast rehearsing for the final episode. The final episode of M*A*S*H was filmed in January 1983, and that episode was “As Time Goes By.” This month, we’veContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 4: Final Day of Filming DVD Bonus Feature”

MishM*A*S*H 3: M*A*S*H Producers Go to Korea

The following article appeared in TV Guide August 24, 1974. It is one of the earliest articles to describe Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds’s trip to Korea to research for the show and interview doctors and nurses that served in MASH units. This trip is famous within the M*A*S*H community as it contributed to whatContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 3: M*A*S*H Producers Go to Korea”

MishM*A*S*H 2: Smithsonian Set Piece Souvenir

After viewing the “M*A*S*H: Binding Up the Wounds” exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History, you would have likely visited the gift shop to see what M*A*S*H items you could take home. Earlier this month, I wrote about the Smithsonian Exhibit Catalog, but there were other items you could purchase including posters, shirts,Continue reading “MishM*A*S*H 2: Smithsonian Set Piece Souvenir”

MishM*A*S*H 1: Smithsonian Exhibit Catalog

When the production of a television series or movie comes to end, the objects on set are typically returned to a prop house to be used on other sets. Items that were custom made and unique to the production that can not be used again may be given away or even thrown away. Some setsContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 1: Smithsonian Exhibit Catalog”