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”

From the M*A*S*H Library 20: “Three Magical Miles”

What is it? Rooney, Brian. Three Magical Miles: L.A.’s Amazing Historical Neighborhood, Fourth Edition. Canada: Friesens, 2018. Why should M*A*S*H fans care? Rooney’s book offers a glimpse into the history of the area surrounding Malibu Creek State Park and what was the Fox Ranch. The book explores the area’s M*A*S*H connection in addition to the history ofContinue reading “From the M*A*S*H Library 20: “Three Magical Miles””

MishM*A*S*H 20: M*A*S*H DVDs from China

We’ve seen websites like Wish.com and AliExpress where you can buy direct from China products. The majority of the products are knockoffs of popular items, especially electronics. There are also a lot of bootleg DVDs available in that market. I do not recommend buying items in this way because in the end, the product youContinue reading “MishM*A*S*H 20: M*A*S*H DVDs from China”

Press Pass 20: “Burt Metcalfe Promotes Quartet to M*A*S*H Creative Positions”

In the summer of 1981, M*A*S*H was headed into its tenth season, and executive producer Burt Metcalfe had been at the helm of the show since Larry Gelbart left the series after the fourth season. Metcalfe had creative control, and this week’s press release announces some decisions he made in the show’s creative staff. ThisContinue reading “Press Pass 20: “Burt Metcalfe Promotes Quartet to M*A*S*H Creative Positions””

Script Spotlight 20: “Check-Up”

As we roll into May, I was struggling to find an episode to review this week. The first one that came to mind was “Springtime” (03×05), but I don’t have a script for it. However, I do have the script for the next episode, “Check-Up” (03×06), so I pulled it out to look through. IContinue reading “Script Spotlight 20: “Check-Up””

MishM*A*S*H 19: Banning M*A*S*H

When the series M*A*S*H debuted in 1972 on CBS, it was the third act in M*A*S*H reaching American audiences following the successful Robert Allan film and the Richard Hooker novel. However, M*A*S*H wasn’t only released in the United States, and it wasn’t an instant classic. In its first season M*A*S*H did poorly in the ratings,Continue reading “MishM*A*S*H 19: Banning M*A*S*H”

From the M*A*S*H Library 19: “Secrets of the M*A*S*H Mess”

What is it? Maxwell, Jeff. Secrets of the M*A*S*H Mess: The Lost Recipes of Private Igor. Nashville: Cumberland House, 1997. Why should M*A*S*H fans care? Jeff Maxwell delivers a comedic book as our favorite cook, Private Igor. He takes the character from the series and creates a more dimensional Igor that we never got in the show. AsContinue reading “From the M*A*S*H Library 19: “Secrets of the M*A*S*H Mess””

Press Pass 19: “M*A*S*H won’t Last Forever and Jamie Farr’s Preparing”

In October 1980, M*A*S*H had begun its ninth season and was humming along in the ratings. In the television world, however, there are not many shows that run beyond nine seasons. That reality was not missed by many of the M*A*S*H cast members, and in this 20th Century Fox Television Feature Story press release, weContinue reading “Press Pass 19: “M*A*S*H won’t Last Forever and Jamie Farr’s Preparing””

Script Spotlight 19: “No Laughing Matter”

This week I chose a script from later in the series, “No Laughing Matter” (09×13). I don’t just have one script for this episode, I have two! One of the scripts, like several others in my collection, belonged to Albert Frankel, the men’s wardrobe director. The other script I got from the actress who usedContinue reading “Script Spotlight 19: “No Laughing Matter””

From the M*A*S*H Library 18: “The Real M*A*S*H” (Documentary)

What is it? Lee, Min Sook, dir. The Real M*A*S*H. Toronto, Ontario: Storyline Entertainment, 2012. Why should M*A*S*H fans care? This documentary places the series in the context of the Korean War and real MASH units in Korea. The interviews with veterans and their MASH stories make this documentary worthwhile. As a M*A*S*H fan, what part(s) should I watch?Continue reading “From the M*A*S*H Library 18: “The Real M*A*S*H” (Documentary)”