The sitcom M*A*S*H features the lives and loves of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital stuck in the middle of the Korean war. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable. Based on a book written by Dr Richard Hornberger as he sat ...
Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable.
Based on a book written by Dr Richard Hornberger as he sat waiting for patients at his offices in Maine USA, M*A*S*H details a fictional account of life with the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea.
The movie rights to the book were bought for $100,000 and the film (directed by Robert Altman and starring Donald Sutherland and Elliot Gould) was released to critical acclaim in 1970.
With the movie set still available, the then president of Twentieth Century Fox, William Self, commissioned a spin-off TV series.
The last role to be cast, that of the central character Hawkeye, eventually went to Alan Alda. Legend has it that Alda was reluctant to commit to a show that could have a long run.
14 Emmy Awards and 11 series later, Alda, who won 4 Emmy awards himself, must have had no regrets. In fact, one could argue it was a great Korea move.