|Episode:||Man in a Box|
|Original Airdate:||December 28, 1968|
|Written by:||Laurence Marks|
|Directed by:||Richard Kinon|
|Produced by:||Edward H. Feldman & William A. Calihan|
- Colonel Hogan - Bob Crane
- Corporal Louis LeBeau - Robert Clary
- Corporal Peter Newkirk - Richard Dawson
- Sergeant James Kinchloe - Ivan Dixon
- Sergeant Andrew Carter - Larry Hovis
Camp Personnel Edit
Guest Stars Edit
- Oscar Schnitzer - Walter Janowitz
- Gestapo Officer - John Crawford
- Luise - Jill Donohue
- Woman Clerk - Diana Chesney
- Guard - Buck Young
Story Notes Edit
- This is both the one hundred and sixth episode of the series and the one hundredth and sixth episode to be shown on television and is also the fourteenth episode shown for the Fourth Season.
- In the episode, we learn that Hogan is six feet tall and LeBeau is about five feet tall.
- Klink's field telephone is actually a repainted Vietnam-era U.S. Army model.
- Klink's stated reason for keeping Schultz on patrol inside the camp is that he is so heavy that he would collapse any escape tunnels he might walk over. This actually comes true later in the series ("The Merry Widow").
- Klink attempts to recruit the help of the Hammelburg police in recapturing LeBeau, due to a shortage of guards at the camp. This shortage has been alluded to in earlier episodes, such as "Monkey Business."
- Hogan calls Kinch "Sam" at one point - perhaps as a nickname, or more likely as an allusion to either the movie Casablanca or a popular song of the era called "Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long." Newkirk made a similar "Sam" joke to Minsk in the pilot episode.
Timeline Notes and Speculations Edit
- This appears to take place in the spring of 1943.
- The title, "Man in a Box" is the name for a classic mime performance, where the mime pretends to be trapped inside an invisible box. This was a routine made famous by the French mime Marcel Marceau (1923-2007).
- The sabotage of the research lab might have led to the Gestapo crackdown on the Dusseldorf underground, as mentioned in "Everybody Has A Brother-In-Law."
- More insights into Klink's past. One of his instructors at Potsdam was Colonel Schlessman, who appears to have been a role model of sorts. One of Schlessman's favorite sayings was, "Authority is a dangerous thing in the hands of fools." He appears to have been opposed to Hitler, and was eventually arrested and executed before the war. Klink used to have a pillow on which Schlessman's saying had been embroided for him by his mother. He lost it while taking her on a Strength Through Joy canoeing trip.
- SPECULATION: The Gestapo officer who appears in this episode also appears at the end of "Color The Luftwaffe Red." He is never named in the series. Given his uniform, apparent position of authority, and the general timeframe, this may be the mysterious Kommandant Heydrich, head of the Hammelburg Gestapo who was killed just before "Everybody Loves A Snowman."
- Man in a Box at TV.com
- Man in a Box at the Internet Movie Database
- Man in a Box episode capsule at Webstalag 13
- Hogan's Heroes Fanclub
- The Hofbrau
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