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ALERT: Henry Blake death M*A*S*H on now

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Killick, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    Nationally, on CW... just caught it in the middle. Preparing to weep like a little biotch.
     
  2. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    IIRC, the writers had kept this part quiet with the cast until Gary Burghoff - Radar - walked into OR and broke the news.

    Sad, sad time for the show. McLean Stevenson was funny in the role. The way the writers and Harry Morgan worked to integrate Sherman Potter into the mix so quickly was remarkable. (Of course, same with Mike Farrell and David Ogden Stiers)

    RIP Henry and RIP McLean Stevenson. Still the best half-hour show I know ...
     
  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Really sad.
     
  4. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Did Stephenson leave for "Hello Larry"?
     
  5. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    Radar: I have a message... Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake's plane
    (starts breaking up) was shot down over the sea of Japan... it spun in...
    (starts crying) there were no survivors.

    Gets me every goddamned time.
     
  6. Goldeaston

    Goldeaston Guest

    That was actually the second take. The first was:

    I have a message... McLean Stephenson's career (starts cracking up) was shot down over the sea of Japan... it spun in...
    (laughs so hard he starts crying) there were no survivors.
     
  7. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Now that's some funny shit. BTW, he left for "The Mclean Stevenson Show," which I don't think lasted as long as "Hello Larry" later did.
     
  8. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    I can't get too choked up about a guy klilling his own career.

    I mean, WTF was Stevenson thinking?
     
  9. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    I saw an interview once with - I think - Larry Gelbart and he said after they had shot that scene Larry Linville came up to him and said, "You son of a bitch, you just won yourself an Emmy."

    One of the most jarring parts of that scene is a medical instrument dropping to the floor. Apparently this was accidental but they kept it in.
     
  10. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Wayne Rogers (Trapper John) left the show after the season as well and they didn't have a chance to give him a great sendoff.

    However, in one of those reunion shows, they were talking about how a couple of years later CBS wanted to review the scripts before they aired. At the time, the show 'Trapper John MD' was airing on CBS. So to protest CBS reviewing the scripts they sent in a phony episode of how Hawkeye gets distraught over receiving a letter from home saying that Trapper John died in an accident. After that CBS agreed not to look at the scripts anymore.
     
  11. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    Saw an interview with Loretta Swit once where she said he was tired of being the No. 3 guy.
     
  12. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    The brilliance of such shows lies in the chemistry of the ensemble cast. WKRP being another perfect example. Although I guess it's easy to get a huge ego, like Stevenson apparently did and think you are or should be bigger than the show.
     
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