Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)
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The Softer They Fall 

Kinchloe participates in a camp boxing match to divert attention from Hogan's planned heist.


Richard Kinon


Laurence Marks, Bernard Fein (creator) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Bob Crane ... Col. Hogan
Werner Klemperer ... Col. Klink
John Banner ... Sgt. Schultz
Robert Clary ... LeBeau
Richard Dawson ... Newkirk
Ivan Dixon ... Kinchloe
Larry Hovis ... Carter
Leon Askin ... General Burkhalter
John Stephenson ... Major Rudel
Lev Mailer ... Captain Stahl (as Ralph Medina)
James Savett James Savett ... First Corporal
Jon Cedar ... Second Corporal
Chuck Hicks ... Bruno


Kinch is ordered to act as a sparring partner for "Battling Bruno", a guard who is preparing for the Luftstalag championship. However, Hogan finds out that a couple of Luftwafe officers are in camp planning for an attack on the English radar. In order to look at the plans Hogan has Kinch knock out Bruno during a training session in full view of Klink and Burkhalter, who have memories of Jesse Owen's performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The plan is to have Kinch carry Bruno for six rounds, however Klink and Burkhalter have Bruno load his gloves with metal weights to ensure Aryan superiority. Now Kinch must do all he can to keep on his feet so that LeBeau can photograph the plans and keep the English radar safe. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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23 January 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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All of Chuck Hicks' dialog was dubbed by Ivan Dixon, and quite obviously. See more »


When Schultz is running with Bruno, Schultz stops to rest on the patio of the building they are running around while Bruno continues running. When Bruno comes around again Schultz joins him but quickly rests again on a bench that wasn't there before. See more »


Col. Robert E. Hogan: I won't order Kinch to fight Bruno. I can't... but, well, if he doesn't accept the challenge, I'd just hate the idea of commanding Hogan's Cowards.
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Ivan Dixon takes the lead in this episode
7 September 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

Two German officers have come to the prison camp and are working on a top secret project. With added security Hogan is unable to perform one of his magic operations and will have to come up with some diversion plan so that they can get pictures of the project.

It just so happens that the reigning boxing champion of all German prison camps is Stalag 13's own guard, Burno. Kinchloe, a former boxer, has been sparing with the champion for a period of time. Now Burkhalter wants to show that a German boxer is better than an American boxer. He schedules a match in the upcoming day. This just maybe the distraction that Hogan needs.

It was nice to see Ivan Dixon, doing something than operating the radio, as he take the lead in this show. And anytime you have Burkhalter in camp you know he is going to have some good lines for Klink. Even though the ending was strange it was still good enough to hold the interest of viewers. Nice show.

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