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TV Series
    (September 17, 1965-July 4, 1971)
    CBS
    (September 17, 1965 – April 4, 1971)
    Bob Crane as Colonel Robert Hogan
    Werner Klemperer as Colonel Wilhelm Klink
    John Banner as Sergeant Hans Schultz
    Robert Clary as Corporal Louis Lebeau
    Richard Dawson as Corporal Peter Newkirk
    Ivan Dixon as Sergeant James Kinchloe (1965-1970)
    Larry Hovis as Sergeant Andrew Carter (recurring)
    Kenneth Washington as Sergeant Richard Baker (1970-1971)
    Sigrid Valdis as Fraulein Hilda (1965-1966)
    Cynthia Lynn as Fraulein Helga (1966-1971)
    Leon Askin as General Albert Burkhalter (recurring)
    Created by Bernard Fein and Albert Ruddy
    From Bing Crosby Productions
    Premise: Situation comedy set in Stalag 13 during the Hitler era in #4883>Germany
    It seemed to trivialize an issue that, in the Second World War, was highly serious.
    While catchy, the beginning drum beat in the opening credits was repetitious.
    The men of Stalag 13 appeared to be in total control of the camp at all times.
    The German officers were portrayed as bumbling nincompoops — except when they spoke perfect English to each other.
    In fact, Werner Klemperer insisted Klink be portrayed as a twit.
    Especially where the German officers were concerned, much of what was depicted on the show required suspension of disbelief.
    In addition to its original audience, it has gone over well in Germany, especially with new generations.
    It highlighted the absurdity of war.
    It was a refreshing change of pace from the often funereal and melodramatic tones of war movies, especially since some of its cast members had been in such films.
    Each main character had a different style of headgear.
    Klink and Schultz were much smarter than they appeared; in fact, they hated the war intensely and felt the ‘prisoners’ were easier to tolerate than actual military action.
    Hogan and his men were just as prone to bumbling as their ‘captors’ were — quite often to the point where their cover might be blown or they risked receiving new and less accommodating officers.
    Several of its actors were actual concentration camp prisoners during the occupation.
    It may have been inspired by Stalag 17, a 1953 war drama about sabotage and traitors.

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