M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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As the unit becomes overrun with casualties and tempers flare, Radar tries to raise everyone's spirits by playing new records over the intercom.


George Tyne


Ronny Graham, Ken Levine (story editor) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Ronny Graham ... Sgt. Gribble
Johnny Haymer ... Sgt. Zelmo Zale
Ken Michelman Ken Michelman ... Harker
Patricia Stevens ... Lt. Baker, RN
Bill Kux ... Patient (as William Kux)


After 11 days of no casualties, the Swamp Rats are so bored that they invent "Cranko," a game mixing chess, poker, and checkers (over gin) in one game. Radar purloins Boston's turntable to play the new platters the 4077 received; Colonel Potter believes it will alleviate boredom. Klinger teaches Radar how to be a disc jockey and talk the talk to spin platters. When the OR suddenly gets beyond crazy, Col. Potter encourages Radar to keep the tunes coming. The wounded soon overflow into the Mess Tent, the Officers' Club, and The Swamp as adjunct hospitals. Klinger goes scrounging for blood--especially the AB- blood one wounded GI desperately needs. The medical staff is forced to use plasma; everyone is on automatic pilot. Radar becomes a cool cat; his on-air confidence soars, even as Col. Potter requests Doris Day's "Sentimental Journey" 23 times. Can a drunk bomb-disposal expert with AB - blood save the day? Is there any presence more comforting than a competent and smiling yet ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War








Release Date:

24 January 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


By coincidence, Ronny Graham, the actor who played Sgt. Gribble - their thoroughly inebriated blood donor from a nearby bomb-disposal unit, died of liver disease. See more »


When Hawkeye and B.J. enter Col. Potter's tent with their cots to stay the night, Potter quips, "Hope none of you boys are sleepwalkers." But Hawkeye had already experienced several episodes of sleepwalking during the previous season's "Hawk's Nightmare," so Potter would have been aware of it. See more »


Sgt. Gribble: [concerning his dislike of needles] I can't stand those things, they... they make me feel... ooogy.
Hawkeye: I know how he feels, I get that way from peanut butter.
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References A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »


Cincinnati Dancing Pig
Music by Guy Wood
Part of Radar's playlist
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Music Hath Charms
4 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Radar "borrows" Major Winchester's phonograph in order to play music throughout the camp. At first he is shy, knowing that what he says is being listened to. Soon the wounded start arriving and Radar is left to do a disc jockey gig. Soon patients are scattered all over the camp, including the officer's club and the swamp. There is also a shortage of blood. Hence, many of the regulars are displaced. Eventually, Potter requests "Sentimental Journey" because it reminds him of someone he fell in love with who turned out to be Doris Day. A blood donor finally shows up, but he is totally drunk and refuses to give because he can't stand the sight of blood. But they finally manage to get enough to save a soldier. Radar's radio station eventually gets shut down.

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